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[ak-yoo-zey-shuh n] /ˌæk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/
a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
the specific offense charged:
The accusation is murder.
the act of accusing or state of being accused.
Origin of accusation
1350-1400; Middle English accusacion < Latin accūsātiōn- (stem of accūsātiō), equivalent to accūsāt(us), past participle of accūsāre (see accuse, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
counteraccusation, noun
preaccusation, noun
reaccusation, noun
self-accusation, noun Unabridged
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  • This accusation, after soul-wearying delays, had culminated to-day in conviction.

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  • He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.

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  • There was not the change of a feature in the face of the woman who listened to the accusation.

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  • But his gray eyes burned fiercely in accusation against her.

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  • Her voice was level and vaguely dangerous as she answered his accusation.

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British Dictionary definitions for accusation


an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation
a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed
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Word Origin and History for accusation

late 14c., from Old French acusacion or directly from Latin accusationem (nominative accusatio), noun of action from past participle stem of accusare (see accuse).

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