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Origin of accusatory
OTHER WORDS FROM accusatoryself-ac·cu·sa·to·ry, adjective
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What does accusatory mean?
Accusatory is used to describe things that contain or suggest an accusation—a claim that someone is guilty of a crime or offense.
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.
The similar word accusatorial can be used interchangeably to mean implying blame, but it’s more commonly applied to people to imply they are making an accusation, as in I don’t mean to be accusatorial—I was just making an observation.
Example: Every one of your comments has been accusatory—how am I not supposed to think you’re blaming me?
Where does accusatory come from?
The first records of the word accusatory in English come from the 1500s. Its base word, accuse, ultimately derives from the Latin accūsāre, meaning “to call to account,” from causa, “lawsuit.”
When you make an accusation, you specifically say that someone did something wrong. 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 accusatory can be used in this way or in everyday conversation. A person might even be accused of (or criticized for) saying accusatory things, such as when they don’t have anything to back up their accusation.
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What are some other forms related to accusatory?
- self-accusatory (adjective)
- accuse (verb)
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How is accusatory used in real life?
Accusatory is usually used to describe the things people say and the way they say them—as opposed to the people themselves.
Amongst the accusatory statements and words of disappointment, you’ll find hints of potential wiggle-room from Brussels: a possible softening of EU demands on state aid rules and fishing quotas and an admission, that.. /5
— katya adler (@BBCkatyaadler) June 5, 2020
Everyone likes to impose these questions—or accusatory statements—on each other, but they only really work when they are asked and reflected upon by thyself.
— Blue Reverie 🌀 (@infpprince) June 25, 2020
Today I asked a customer for his number to look up his rewards account, and his girlfriend looked at me dead in the face and asked me why I needed his number in the most accusatory tone I’ve ever heard.
— Danie (@helloitsdanie) July 4, 2020
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Is accusatory used correctly in the following sentence?
I know you’re not blaming her, but your tone does sound accusatory.
Example sentences from the Web for accusatory
A quick search led me not only to the accusatory tweets, but to the explosion of internet chatter that followed in their wake.
Where health is concerned though, the accusatory finger of discrimination pivots.
By now there are many hundreds of these tweets, varying from vehement to vituperative, from accusatory to abusive.
And he pointed an accusatory finger beyond riders to irresponsible managers and the shady doctors who enable a doping culture.Lance Armstrong’s Shadow Looms Large Over 100th Edition of Tour de France|Tracy McNicoll|October 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Indictments are accusatory instruments that have no evidentiary weight at all.
Mrs. Ducklow was going on in wild, accusatory accents, when she recognized the benign countenance.
Miss Thankful dropped her accusatory tone, and attempted cajolery.The Mayor's Wife|Anna Katherine Green
When Lady Davenant was accusatory it was within the limits of perfect verisimilitude.
When she had driven home, Violetta found Barto Rizzo's accusatory paper laid on her writing-desk.Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
An accusatory glance towards Skeeter was answered by one of mystification.Making Money|Owen Johnson