[uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


containing an accusation; accusing: an accusatory look.

Origin of accusatory

1595–1605; < Latin accūsātōrius, equivalent to accūsā(re) to accuse + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsself-ac·cu·sa·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for accusatory

denunciatory, accusing

Examples from the Web for accusatory

Contemporary Examples of accusatory

Historical Examples of accusatory

  • The stump of her bowsprit, the accusatory finger of the dead, pointed at the sky.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • Miss Thankful dropped her accusatory tone, and attempted cajolery.

    The Mayor's Wife

    Anna Katherine Green

  • Is it a wonder that all animate nature is accusatory and suspicious?

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.

    William Chauncey Bartlett

  • Even at a distance he was disapproving, accusatory, put upon.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She had risen, and stood pointing an accusatory finger at him.

    From One Generation to Another

    Henry Seton Merriman

Word Origin and History for accusatory

c.1600, from Latin accusatorius, from accusare (see accuse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper