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What does accuser mean?
An accuser is someone who accuses someone of a crime or offense—says that they are guilty of it.
Doing so is called making an accusation.
Accusing can happen in everyday situations, such as children accusing each other of not sharing, but accuser is typically only used in serious situations, especially when someone accuses someone else of committing a crime.
The person against whom the accusation is made can be described with the adjective accused. 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.
In many legal systems, the accused has the right to face their accuser in court.
Example: This verdict has finally brought some justice to his many accusers.
Where does accuser come from?
The first records of the word accuser come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin accūsāre, meaning “to call to account,” from causa, “lawsuit.”
Some accusations are more serious than others, and the word accuser is typically reserved for a person making a very serious accusation, especially one involving a crime. Often, this crime was committed against the accuser, such as some kind of abuse. But an accuser can also be someone who witnessed the crime or has evidence or firsthand knowledge of it. Although people who are accused of a crime in the U.S. have a right to face their accuser during a trial, there are also laws that attempt to protect accusers from retribution, such as after reporting harmful behavior in the workplace.
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How is accuser used in real life?
Accuser is almost always used in serious contexts involving the accusation of a crime.
Huge development. Many of Epstein’s accusers have been waiting for this day. https://t.co/wkK0KxaCL3
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) July 2, 2020
Everyone needs to take this experience, and learn from it.
Do not idolize top players. Do not harass people who are just telling their stories. They are not just "accusers" – they are people, individual persons who've had to live through both the trauma itself & the harassment.
— Leffen (@TSM_Leffen) July 4, 2020
You have the right to face your accuser, even if it's an algorithm. https://t.co/NVmNGn1pay
— Pierre Omidyar (@pierre) September 17, 2017
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Is accuser used correctly in the following sentence?
She was described as a credible accuser in media reports.
How to use accuser in a sentence
The legal wrangling intensified this week, with Buzbee refiling most of 21 lawsuits, initially made anonymously, with the names of the accusers.
Her testimonies in several high-profile sexual misconduct cases, including the Harvey Weinstein trial, have been used to discredit recollections of accusers and survivors.
An accuser goes public as Deshaun Watson faces a second criminal complaintSolis told reporters that Watson exposed himself and forcibly touched her hand with his erect penis during a massage session.Nike suspends ties with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson|Matt Bonesteel, Cindy Boren|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
In a statement, Boerner Horvath said the law will protect the dignity of accusers.Sacramento Report: Gonzalez Measures Loom Large – Again – on ‘Job Killer’ List|Sara Libby|March 26, 2021|Voice of San Diego
The idea, here, is that a person charged with some offense tries to discredit the accuser by charging them with a similar one or bringing up a different issue altogether—none of which is relevant to the original accusation.
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Next came another new Cosby accuser, a black woman named “Chelan.”Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An Army National Guard colonel charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV faced his accuser in a military courtroom on Monday.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV|Jacob Siegel|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The police made the accuser write an apology to Kromah, but he says it is not enough.This Man Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola and His Community Wants Him Gone|Wade C.L. Williams|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later on, the release refers to the accuser as the “sexual aggressor” with “not one, but two young men early last Sunday morning.”
One other illustration of this keen childish dialectic when face to face with the accuser deserves to be touched on.
Any exaggeration into which a feeling of indignation happens to betray the accuser is instantly pounced upon.
As public accuser, he caused the death of immense numbers, of all ages and either sex.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Planner looked at the letter, read it—then turned his eyes mildly and reproachfully upon his accuser.
She was summoned to present herself before the Convention, to confront her accuser, and defend herself from the scaffold.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott