Origin: ME acusatif < L accusativus < accusare, accuse: L mistransl. (by Priscian) of Gr grammatical term correctly rendered causativus, causative: the goal or end point of an action was orig. considered to be its cause
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Origin: Middle English acusatif
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , 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)
Origin: , from accūsātus
Origin: , past participle of accūsāre, to accuse; see accuse.
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