Accuse meaning

ə-kyo͝oz
The definition of accuse is to say another person is at fault for doing something wrong.

An example of accuse is to tell a spouse you think he is unfaithful.

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To find at fault; blame.
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To charge with a shortcoming or error.
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To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
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To make a charge of wrongdoing against another.
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To bring formal charges against (of doing wrong, breaking the law, etc.)
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To make an accusation against.
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To prosecute.
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To formally institute a legal action against a person or corporation wherein they are charged with committing a crime.
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To judicially or publicly charge one with a criminal offense.
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To find fault with, to blame, to censure.
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To charge with having committed a crime or offence.

For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.

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(intransitive) To make an accusation against someone.
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(obsolete) An accusation.

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the accused
  • The person or persons formally charged with commission of a crime.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the accused

Origin of accuse

  • Middle English acusen from Latin accūsāre ad- ad- causa lawsuit

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

  • First attested around 1300. From Middle English acusen, from Old French acuser, from Latin accūsō (“to call to account, accuse”), from ad (“to”) + causa (“cause, lawsuit, reason”). Akin to cause.

    From Wiktionary