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).
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Origin of accused
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the accused law the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge
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"person charged with a crime," 1590s, from past participle of accuse (v.).
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