Accusative Definition

ə-kyo͝ozə-tĭv
adjective
Designating, of, or in the case of the direct object of a finite verb.
Webster's New World
Accusatory.
Webster's New World

Producing accusations; accusatory; accusatorial; in a manner that reflects a finding of fault or blame.

Wiktionary
noun
The accusative case.
Webster's New World
A word in this case.
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abbreviation
(grammar case): acc., A.
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Other Word Forms of Accusative

Noun

Singular:
accusative
Plural:
accusatives

Origin of Accusative

  • First attested in the mid 15th century. From Middle English, and from Anglo-Norman accusatif, from Middle French acusatif or from Latin accūsātīvus (“of accusing”), from accūsātus, perfect passive participle of accūsō. The Latin form was mistranslated from Ancient Greek αἰτιατική (aitiatikē) + πτῶσις (ptōsis, “case of that which was caused”) from αιτία (aitia, “accusation or cause”). Akin to accuse.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 accuse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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