accusatorial

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

adjective

of, like, or pertaining to an accuser.

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Origin of accusatorial

First recorded in 1815–25; accusatory + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM accusatorial

ac·cu·sa·to·ri·al·ly, adverb

Words nearby accusatorial

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What does accusatorial mean?

Accusatorial is used to describe people to imply that they are making an accusation—a claim that someone is guilty of a crime or offense.

It can also mean implying blame or strong criticism.

The similar word accusatory can be used interchangeably. But whereas accusatorial is perhaps more often applied to people, accusatory is commonly used to describe things that contain or suggest an accusation. An accusatory statement is usually one that directly claims that someone did something wrong. When someone says something in an accusatory tone, it suggests that they are accusing someone of something—even if the statement doesn’t contain a direct accusation.

Example: I don’t mean to be accusatorial—I was just making an observation.

Where does accusatorial come from?

The first records of the word accusatorial in English come from around the 1800s. Its base word, accuse, ultimately derives from the Latin accūsāre, meaning “to call to account,” from causa, “lawsuit.”

When you make an accusation, you are being accusatorial. The word is often used in a way that criticizes a person for doing so, such as when they don’t have anything to back up their accusation. An accusatory statement contains an accusation or it implies blame for something. The word accusation is often used in a legal context, and the word accusatorial can be used in this way or in everyday conversation.

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What are some other forms related to accusatorial?

  • accusatorially (adverb)
  • accuse (verb)

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How is accusatorial used in real life?

Accusatorial is usually used to describe people making accusations, but it can also be used to describe the things people say and the way they say them.

 

 

Try using accusatorial!

Is accusatorial used correctly in the following sentence?

Most of the people responding to the post are being accusatorial instead of trying to be constructive.

Example sentences 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

accusatorial

accusatory (əˈkjuːzətərɪ, -trɪ, ˌækjʊˈzeɪtərɪ)

/ (əˌkjuːzəˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

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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