[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. accurately,
  2. accurize,
  3. accursed,
  4. accus.,
  5. accusal,
  6. accusatival,
  7. accusative,
  8. accusatorial,
  9. accusatory,
  10. accuse

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 formscoun·ter·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounpre·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounre·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounself-ac·cu·sa·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accusation


/ (ˌækjʊˈzeɪʃən) /


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 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).

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