- 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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Examples from the Web for accusing
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Because especially my sister is not capable of doing the stuff that he is accusing her of doing.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
He begins drinking heavily, neglecting his family, and accusing his wife of having an affair.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
She began it, fangs on display, by accusing Carole Radziwill of not writing her books herself.‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
July 23, 2014
Ernst responded by accusing Braley of sexism because his ad, which featured a baby bird not making a peep, had a “chick” in it.The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
The accusing revelation that had come from Crane in the afternoon had been a crushing blow.
I have been accused of taking it, but have denied it, accusing no one.
This was clearly an accident, and no one thought of accusing me of any connection with it.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Adams very innocently answered, "Sir, I am far from accusing you."Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
He blamed himself so much, that, instead of accusing, I began to comfort him.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Word Origin and History for accusing
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.