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[ ak-yoo-zey-shuhn ]


  1. a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
  2. the specific offense charged:

    The accusation is murder.

  3. the act of accusing or state of being accused.


/ ˌækjʊˈzeɪʃən /


  1. an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation
  2. a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed

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Other Words From

  • counter·accu·sation noun
  • preac·cu·sation noun
  • reac·cu·sation noun
  • self-accu·sation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of accusation1

1350–1400; Middle English accusacion < Latin accūsātiōn- (stem of accūsātiō ), equivalent to accūsāt ( us ), past participle of accūsāre ( accuse, -ate 1 ) + -iōn- -ion

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Example Sentences

When it comes to the accusation that Nielsen lied during sworn congressional testimony, though — which is potentially illegal — the evidence seems to be thin.

From Vox

Foxx said the accusations from O’Brien and others that she has helped create a “revolving door” of criminals going in and out of jail is not supported by evidence.

A property manager repeated the fraud accusation, saying Gladden had been paid during the weeks she was out of work.

In statements to BuzzFeed News after the July 30 story was published online, Leman denied “any kind of sexual impropriety” and Norman said he categorically denied the accusations.

From Fortune

Some of the editors acknowledge that their accusations are similar to those faced by female-led brands like the Wing and Refinery29, whose leaders stepped down amid the scandals.

From Fortune

The concern is that a public accusation would result in an escalation.

The Copperheads, a group of Midwestern Democrats, made the accusation—and far worse—against President Lincoln during Emancipation.

Barack Obama, made the accusation against President Bush during the Iraq War.

Constand claimed that the accusation was patently false, and demanded $150,000 in damages from the tabloid and attorney.

He was accused of “formalism,” a catch-all accusation that, like “Trotskyite,” had the ring of execution about it.

In cases in which no attempt is made to ignore the accusation, the small wits are wont to be busy discovering exculpations.

How would the involuntary accusation have been embittered, had he known that the Empress drew the same conclusion!

And when Lessard flung out that last unthinkable accusation, the explosion came.

The one thing that loomed big in my mind's eye was the monstrous injustice of the accusation.

Whether he had shot a man, or robbed a bank, or fired a church, the incipient accusation died away.


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More About Accusation

What does accusation mean?

An accusation is a claim that someone is guilty of a crime or offense.

To make an accusation is to accuse someone. This can happen in everyday situations, such as children accusing each other of not sharing. But accusation is typically used in a legal context to refer to an official claim or charge that a crime has been committed.

A person who makes an accusation (who accuses) is called an accuser (especially when the accusation involves a crime). The adjective accused means charged with a crime or other offense. Accused is also used as a noun to refer to a person or people who have been charged with a crime, often as the accused. 

Statements that suggest or outright say that someone did something wrong can be described as accusatory.

Example: If you’re going to make an accusation that serious, you’d better have some evidence to back it up.

Where does accusation come from?

The first records of the word accusation come from the second half of the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin accūsāre, meaning “to call to account,” from causa, “lawsuit.”

You might accuse your family members of not listening to you, or accuse one of them of eating the last muffin (when you specifically said you were saving it!). But some accusations are more serious than others.

Making an accusation that someone committed a crime is a serious thing to do. Even if they are not found guilty, having been accused may permanently hurt their reputation. Still, just because someone is accused (or charged and indicted) doesn’t mean that they are automatically found guilty of the crime they are suspected of committing. In most court systems, the accusation (and the guilt of the person) needs to be proven. And, in many cases, the accused has the right to face their accuser in court. Still, the word accusation typically implies that the accuser has firsthand knowledge or evidence of the crime that they claim was committed. When people deny accusations made against them, they often call them false or baseless (meaning they’re made up).

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What are some other forms related to accusation?

  • counteraccusation (noun)
  • self-accusation (noun)
  • accuse (verb)

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How is accusation used in real life?

Accusation is used in serious and not-so-serious ways, but it always involves claiming that someone did something wrong.



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Is accusation used correctly in the following sentence?

He was arrested after several people came forward to make accusations against him.