accusative[ə kyo̵̅o̅′zə tiv]
- Gram. designating, of, or in the case of the direct object of a finite verb: also sometimes used of the objective case in English
Origin: Middle English acusatif ; from Classical Latin accusativus ; from accusare, accuse: Classical Latin mistranslation (by Priscian) of Classical Greek grammatical term correctly rendered causativus, causative: the goal or end point of an action was origin, originally considered to be its cause
- the accusative case
- a word in this case
- accusatively adverb
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- Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case that is the direct object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
- The accusative case.
- A word or form in the accusative case.
Origin: Middle English acusatif, from Old French, from Latin (cāsus) accūsātīvus, (case) of accusation (mistranslation of Greek aitiātikē (ptōsis), causal (case), (case) indicating the thing caused by the verb, from aitiā, cause, also accusation, charge), from accūsātus, past participle of accūsāre, to accuse; see accuse.
- ac·cuˈsa·tive·ly adverb