Accuse Definition

ə-kyo͝oz
accused, accuses, accusing
verb
accused, accuses, accusing
To charge with a shortcoming or error.
American Heritage
To find at fault; blame.
Webster's New World
To bring formal charges against (of doing wrong, breaking the law, etc.)
Webster's New World
To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
American Heritage
To make a charge of wrongdoing against another.
American Heritage
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idiom
the accused
  • the person or persons formally charged with commission of a crime
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Accuse

  • the accused

Origin of Accuse

  • 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

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

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

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