accuse

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verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

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), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

to make an accusation.

Nearby words

  1. accusation,
  2. accusatival,
  3. accusative,
  4. accusatorial,
  5. accusatory,
  6. accused,
  7. accuser,
  8. accusing,
  9. accustom,
  10. accustomed

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)

SYNONYMS FOR accuse
ANTONYMS FOR accuse
1, 2. exonerate.

Related forms
Can be confusedaccuse allege charge

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British Dictionary definitions for accusant

accuse

verb

to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Derived Formsaccuser, nounaccusing, adjectiveaccusingly, adverb

Word Origin for accuse

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 accusant

accuse

v.

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.

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