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French, literally "I accuse," phrase made famous by Emile Zola in a public letter attacking the irregularities of the Dreyfus trial (published Jan. 13, 1898).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Shelley's "j'accuse" is flaming poetry, but—it is not good criticism.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy

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