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[uh-kyooz] /əˈkyuz/
verb (used with object), accused, accusing.
to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of):
He accused him of murder.
to find fault with; blame.
verb (used without object), accused, accusing.
to make an accusation.
Origin of accuse
1250-1300; Middle English ac(c)usen < Old French acuser < Latin accūsāre to call to account (ac- ac- + -cūs-, combining form of caus-; see cause)
Related forms
accusable, adjective
accusably, adverb
accusant, noun
accusingly, adverb
interaccuse, verb (used with object), interaccused, interaccusing.
nonaccusing, adjective
preaccuse, verb (used with object), preaccused, preaccusing.
reaccuse, verb (used with object), reaccused, reaccusing.
self-accusing, adjective
unaccusable, adjective
unaccusing, adjective
unaccusingly, adverb
Can be confused
accuse, allege, charge.
1. arraign, indict; incriminate, impeach.
1, 2. exonerate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for accusingly
Historical Examples
  • She rose up in alarm, but something in his smile made her sit down and eye him accusingly.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • Edie turned upon the girl with the heap of baggage, accusingly.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • Mary came out of her office and stopped before Trudy accusingly.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • Brother,” the parson answered, accusingly, “it is in the Bible; it must be true.

  • "The God of the individualist," he said at length—musingly, not accusingly.

  • You might be in better business than accusingly a poor boy falsely.

    The Cash Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • She still clasped the envelope of clippings and thrust it at him accusingly.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • His unsmiling eyes are looking somberly, sternly, accusingly into hers.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • She freed herself from him resolutely, rose, and stood before him, looking at him quite unfalteringly and accusingly.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • "You said it would be experience for Edward to be left alone," he said, accusingly.

British Dictionary definitions for accusingly


to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Derived Forms
accuser, noun
accusing, adjective
accusingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit
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Word Origin and History for accusingly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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