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.
- ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
- ac·cus·a·bly, adverb
- ac·cus·ant, noun
- ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb
- in·ter·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), in·ter·ac·cused, in·ter·ac·cus·ing.
- non·ac·cus·ing, adjective
- pre·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), pre·ac·cused, pre·ac·cus·ing.
- re·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), re·ac·cused, re·ac·cus·ing.
- self-ac·cus·ing, adjective
- un·ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
- un·ac·cus·ing, adjective
- un·ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use accuse in a sentence
There are those who accuse their games of not really being video games at all, which is ludicrous.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat | Alec Kubas-Meyer | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Certainly sounds like something people would accuse a king of doing.
To accuse him of doing so is certainly an effective way to end a conversation.
U.S. intelligence agencies accuse the Khorasan veterans of plotting attacks against commercial airliners in the West.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels | Jamie Dettmer | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he says that those who accuse Napoleon of killing off democracy misunderstand politics in 19th century Europe.
Could he be conscious of all this, and not excuse the unsteady youth—accuse himself?
He was the last man in the world to accuse of saying or doing anything merely for the sake of effect.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The blind man, missing his money, suspected who was the thief; but to accuse him would serve no purpose.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Apart from the general charge of being successful—whatever that amounts to—you accuse me of two things.First Plays | A. A. Milne
It required peculiar boldness, at that hour, to accuse Robespierre and Danton of crime.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for accuse
to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
- accuser, noun
- accusing, adjective
- accusingly, adverb
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