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OTHER WORDS FROM accusedmis·ac·cused, adjectiveself-ac·cused, adjectiveun·ac·cused, adjective
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Definition for accused (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
verb (used without object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
Origin of accuse
OTHER WORDS FROM accuse
What does accused mean?
Accused is an adjective that means charged with a crime or other offense. Accused is also used as a noun to refer to a person or people who have been charged with a crime, often as the accused.
To accuse someone of something means to say that they are guilty of it. This can happen in everyday situations, such as children accusing each other of not sharing. But accused is most used in the context of the criminal justice system to indicate that a person has been officially charged with a crime.
Example: The accused was escorted in the courtroom by police.
Where did accused come from?
The verb accuse has been in use since at least the 1300s. It comes from the Latin accūsāre, meaning “to call to account.” As an adjective and noun, accused is recorded later, around the 1500s.
Because accused is closely linked to crimes and rule violations, it has been used in legal documents, law texts, and accounts of criminal trials or court cases for centuries. It is important to remember that accused, like similar words such as charged and indicted, doesn’t indicate that the person is guilty of the crime they are suspected of committing. An accused person has simply been charged with the crime. In modern times, their guilt usually needs to be proven. Of course, accused persons in previous eras (such as accused witches) had much less hope of a fair trial, and the very accusation of guilt sometimes sealed their fate. Still today, accusing someone of a crime is a serious thing to do. Even if they are not found guilty, having been accused may permanently hurt their reputation.
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What are some other forms related to accused?
- the accused (noun)
- accuse (verb)
- misaccused (adjective)
- self-accused (adjective)
- unaccused (adjective)
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How is accused used in real life?
Many court systems operate under the idea that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.” Because of this, many courts, police organizations, and news outlets (who want to avoid libel) will often refer to a defendant in a criminal trial as accused until a verdict has been reached.
High Court temporarily suspends the prosecution of former Treasury CS Rotich, PS Thugge and others after one of the accused persons Richard Malebe moved to court to challenge his prosecution. pic.twitter.com/K2dwnaNxHM
— Hot 96 FM Kenya (@Hot_96Kenya) February 24, 2020
An accused thief tried to get away from police in Prince George, British Columbia, by jumping on a chunk of ice that was floating downriver.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) March 23, 2016
Looking forward to today's HOF ballot. Morris, Biggio and Piazza get my vote. Interested as to how accused steriod users will be treated.
— Bob Brumberg (@BobBrumberg) January 9, 2013
Try using accused!
True or False?
An accused person has been found guilty of a crime and is awaiting punishment.
Example sentences from the Web for accused
The men were accused of reneging on pledges to stop working for the Iraqi government.
When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once again he accused the West of being unfair to Russia, bringing back his favorite metaphor, the Russian bear.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They are innocent of the charges leveled against them,” a statement issued by Farmer, who also represents the accused, said.
A year ago at a public meeting Kadyrov accused the NGO and its JMG lawyers of being “enemies of the Chechen people.”Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists|Anna Nemtsova|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Already Galileo began to encounter vulgar indignation which accused him of impiety.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
Alderman Fowler accused of having sinned in a similar way against Howell.
The Nawb of Kurnaul has been often accused of disaffection, and lately of having concealed stores.Miss Eden's Letters|Emily Eden
He had had the accused in the present case under observation since the time he had been brought to the gaol.The Shrieking Pit|Arthur J. Rees
He had been accused of attempting to kill his porter with a dagger, but he had only shown him a crucifix.Letters to an Unknown|Prosper Mrime