- to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
- to find fault with; blame.
- to make an accusation.
Origin of accuse
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Related Wordsprosecute, sue, name, brand, summon, denounce, cite, blame, arrest, charge, indict, attack, arraign, implicate, allege, complain, litigate, apprehend, attribute, frame
Examples from the Web for accuse
There are those who accuse their games of not really being video games at all, which is ludicrous.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
To accuse him of doing so is certainly an effective way to end a conversation.Feminism Has Gone Too Far
November 21, 2014
And he says that those who accuse Napoleon of killing off democracy misunderstand politics in 19th century Europe.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Now Cantlie appears to accuse the Western media of skewing coverage of the month-long siege.An ISIS Hostage on the Dark Side
October 27, 2014
The Kurds accuse the Turkish government of seeing them as a greater danger than Islamic militants.Whose Side Is Turkey On?
October 15, 2014
Is it of stealing that bank-note of Galloway's that you presume to accuse my brother?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I do not accuse—I do not suspect you of any breach of confidence.
I let her accuse me as she pleased—and she very soon began to defend me.
You will ask me why I accuse him as you have already asked me how I know so much.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I hope you do not accuse me of lying or of any other dissimulation.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Word Origin and History for accuse
c.1300, "charge (with an offense, etc.), impugn, blame," from Old French acuser "to accuse, indict, reproach, blame" (13c.), earlier "announce, report, disclose" (12c.), or directly from Latin accusare "to call to account," from ad- "against" (see ad-) + causari "give as a cause or motive," from causa "reason" (see cause (n.)). Related: Accused; accusing; accusingly.