[ uh-kyoozd ]
/ əˈkyuzd /


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

First recorded in 1585–95; accuse + -ed2

Related forms

mis·ac·cused, adjectiveself-ac·cused, adjectiveun·ac·cused, adjective

Definition for accused (2 of 2)


[ uh-kyooz ]
/ əˈkyuz /

verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
to find fault with; blame.

verb (used without object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.

to make an accusation.

Origin of accuse

1250–1300; Middle English ac(c)usen < Old French acuser < Latin accūsāre to call to account (ac- ac- + -cūs-, combining form of caus-; see cause)

Related forms

Can be confused

accuse allege charge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accused (1 of 2)


/ (əˈkjuːzd) /


the accused law the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge

British Dictionary definitions for accused (2 of 2)


/ (əˈkjuːz) /


to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame

Derived Forms

accuser, nounaccusing, adjectiveaccusingly, adverb

Word Origin for accuse

C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit
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