- charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.: the accused boy.
- a person or persons charged in a court of law with a crime, offense, etc. (often preceded by the).
Origin of accused
- 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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Examples from the Web for accused
The men were accused of reneging on pledges to stop working for the Iraqi government.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy
December 21, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
“They are innocent of the charges leveled against them,” a statement issued by Farmer, who also represents the accused, said.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
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
December 14, 2014
He came a little toward the girl who had accused him of treachery.Within the Law
It had been rather a long time since Christine had been accused of having a kind heart.
She stood against the door, and accused them of cowardice—taunted them.
Witchcraft and sorcery he called it, and in Zuñi to be accused of witchcraft is death.The Trail Book
What could be said in the accused man's defense, or in her own?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- the accused law the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge
- to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Word Origin and History for accused
"person charged with a crime," 1590s, from past participle of accuse (v.).
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.