An example of accuse is to tell a spouse you think he is unfaithful.
- to find at fault; blame
- to bring formal charges against (of doing wrong, breaking the law, etc.)
Origin of accuseMiddle English acusen ; from Old French acuser ; from Classical Latin accusare, to call to account ; from ad-, to + causa, cause
verbac·cused, ac·cus·ing, ac·cus·es
- To charge with a shortcoming or error.
- To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
Origin of accuseMiddle English acusen, from Latin accūsāre : ad-, ad- + causa, lawsuit.
(third-person singular simple present accuses, present participle accusing, simple past and past participle accused)
- (legal): When used this way accused is followed by the word of.
- Synonym notes: To accuse, charge, impeach, arraign: these words agree in bringing home to a person the imputation of wrongdoing.
- To accuse is a somewhat formal act, and is applied usually (though not exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason.
- Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with dishonesty or falsehood.
- To arraign is to bring (a person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign one before a court or at the bar public opinion.
- To impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in office; as, to impeach a minister of high crimes.
- Both impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness.
- (obsolete) An accusation.
accuse - Legal Definition
- To make an accusation against.
- To prosecute.
- To formally institute a legal action against a person or corporation wherein they are charged with committing a crime.
- To judicially or publicly charge one with a criminal offense.