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[uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈkyu zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
containing an accusation; accusing:
an accusatory look.
Also, accusative.
Origin of accusatory
1595-1605; < Latin accūsātōrius, equivalent to accūsā(re) to accuse + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
self-accusatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The stump of her bowsprit, the accusatory finger of the dead, pointed at the sky.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • Miss Thankful dropped her accusatory tone, and attempted cajolery.

    The Mayor's Wife Anna Katherine Green
  • Is it a wonder that all animate nature is accusatory and suspicious?

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • Even at a distance he was disapproving, accusatory, put upon.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • She had risen, and stood pointing an accusatory finger at him.

    From One Generation to Another Henry Seton Merriman
Word Origin and History for accusatory

c.1600, from Latin accusatorius, from accusare (see accuse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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