[ uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ əˌkyu zəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /


of, like, or pertaining to an accuser.

Words nearby accusatorial

Origin of accusatorial

First recorded in 1815–25; accusatory + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM accusatorial

ac·cu·sa·to·ri·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for accusatorial

  • The proceeding, too, was inquisitorial, not accusatorial: it required no accusers.

    Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham

British Dictionary definitions for accusatorial


accusatory (əˈkjuːzətərɪ, -trɪ, ˌækjʊˈzeɪtərɪ)

/ (əˌkjuːzəˈtɔːrɪəl) /


containing or implying blame or strong criticism
law denoting criminal procedure in which the prosecutor is distinct from the judge and the trial is conducted in publicCompare inquisitorial (def. 3)
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