verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
verb (used without object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
Origin of accuse
British Dictionary definitions for accusant
Word Origin for accuse
Word Origin and History for accusant
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.