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accusation

[ak-yoo-zey-shuh n]
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noun
  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.
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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
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Related Words for accusation

complaint, denunciation, allegation, indictment, recrimination, impeachment, insinuation, attribution, beef, rumble, roar, dido, citation, gripe, squawk, censure, stink, slur, imputation, arraignment

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Contemporary Examples of accusation

Historical Examples of accusation

  • This accusation, after soul-wearying delays, had culminated to-day in conviction.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There was not the change of a feature in the face of the woman who listened to the accusation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Her voice was level and vaguely dangerous as she answered his accusation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But his gray eyes burned fiercely in accusation against her.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for accusation

accusation

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for accusation

n.

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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