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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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Examples from the Web for self-accusation
Historical Examples
  • The patient was a rubber worker who suddenly developed a depression with self-accusation and convulsions.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Her voice had sunk to a low tone of humility and self-accusation.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Against this self-accusation I must take M. Cousin under my protection.

  • "It would not be like him," responded Hester, with self-accusation.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • And with a few words from Mr. Audley, there came such a disburthening of self-accusation as before to Felix.

  • Hitherto her voice had been hard, possibly in self-accusation, possibly in defiance.

  • The penalty of faltering might be a life of self-accusation for herself—for Boone a tragedy.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • And you will never regret and never forget this chapter of self-accusation.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • She was visibly affected by my self-accusation, and I began to breathe more freely.

    The Abandoned Farmer Sydney Herman Preston
  • There is no need to follow the self-accusation of one of the kindest hearts that ever beat.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
British Dictionary definitions for self-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 self-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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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