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).

Nearby words

  1. accusatival,
  2. accusative,
  3. accusatorial,
  4. accusatory,
  5. accuse,
  6. accuser,
  7. accusing,
  8. accustom,
  9. accustomed,
  10. accustomed to

Origin of accused

First recorded in 1585–95; accuse + -ed2

Related formsmis·ac·cused, adjectiveself-ac·cused, adjectiveun·ac·cused, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for accuseds



the accused law the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge
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Word Origin and History for accuseds



"person charged with a crime," 1590s, from past participle of accuse (v.).

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