- (in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, or Russian) noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate the direct object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
- similar to such a case form in function or meaning.
Origin of accusative
Examples from the Web for accusative
The familiar use of these participles by the Augustan poets with an accusative attached (galeam indutus, traiectus lora).
Of the other cases, the dative and accusative occur most frequently with prepositions.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book|C. Alphonso Smith
Swa ibruce &c., As surely as I possess my kingdom: brcan usually takes a genitive; here with dative or accusative.
For accusative plural endings in the third declension, he concludes that -is for Ovid can be neither established nor excluded.
As such, it is in the accusative case after the verb believe.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for accusative
- the accusative case
- a word or speech element in the accusative case
Word Origin for accusative
Word Origin and History for accusative
grammatical case whose primary function is to express destination or goal of motion, mid-15c., from Anglo-French accusatif, Old French acusatif, or directly from Latin (casus) accusativus "(case) of accusing," from accusatus, past participle of accusare (see accuse).
Translating Greek ptosis aitiatike "case of that which is caused," on similarity of Greek aitiasthai "accuse." Greek aitia is the root of both, and means both "cause" and "accusation," hence the confusion of the Romans. A more correct translation would have been casus causativus.