accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Definition of accuse

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a fault or offense : blame He accused her of being disloyal.
2 : to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process He was accused of murder.

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Other Words from accuse

accuser \ ə-​ˈkyü-​zər How to pronounce accuse (audio) \ noun

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she was accused of lying on the employment application
Recent Examples on the Web Many in the country accuse them of incompetence, corruption and neglect, saying their poor governance collapsed the economy and contributed to the mismanagement at the port that led to last year’s blast. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, many Arab citizens accuse him of abandoning the Palestinian cause. Time, 11 June 2021 Opponents accuse him of wanting to do in Peru what Chávez did in Venezuela. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 4 June 2021 Opponents accuse him of rigging a presidential election in his own favor last year and of then cracking down violently on the opposition. The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2021 Human rights activists accuse them of using heavy-handed tactics to control anti-government protests in 2019 and in demonstrations last year after a taxi driver died of wounds sustained in police custody. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Russian authorities accuse him of exaggerating his medical condition to grab attention, and of refusing prison medical care. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Some detractors accuse him of shrouding himself in widower’s weeds, of dredging up his late wife in every speech. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 17 Dec. 2020 And unlike most of the 18 other states that allow governors to be recalled, California does not require sponsors, in their recall petitions, to accuse the governor of any specific wrongdoing or misconduct in office. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of accuse

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for accuse

Middle English acusen, accusen, borrowed from Anglo-French accuser, acuser, borrowed from Latin accūsāre "to blame, censure, charge with a crime," from ad- ad- + -cūsāre, verbal derivative of causa "legal case, reason, cause" — more at cause entry 1

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The first known use of accuse was in the 13th century

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“Accuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accuse. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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accuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accuse

: to blame (someone) for something wrong or illegal : to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime

accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Kids Definition of accuse

: to blame for something wrong or illegal She accused him of stealing.

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

accuse

verb
ac·​cuse
accused; accusing

Legal Definition of accuse

transitive verb

: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict

intransitive verb

: to make or bring an accusation

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

History and Etymology for accuse

Latin accusare to find fault with, charge with a crime, from ad to, at + causa legal case, trial

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