- to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
- to find fault with; blame.
- to make an accusation.
Origin of accuse
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- to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Word Origin and History for accusant
c.1300, "charge (with an offense, etc.), impugn, blame," from Old French acuser "to accuse, indict, reproach, blame" (13c.), earlier "announce, report, disclose" (12c.), or directly from Latin accusare "to call to account," from ad- "against" (see ad-) + causari "give as a cause or motive," from causa "reason" (see cause (n.)). Related: Accused; accusing; accusingly.