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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
Her possible testimony—or anyone who is willing to contradict accusers—may be crucial for the defense.The Horrifying Testimony R. Kelly Needs Jurors to Forget|Pilar Melendez|August 25, 2021|The Daily Beast
Before she reported the case to school officials, she didn’t know about the process, and said she was surprised when she found out that office didn’t actually lean in her favor as a student but is a neutral party to accusers and the accused.Student Who Reported CSUSM Professor Says No One Told Her He Kept His Job|Kayla Jimenez|August 10, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Another component of report indicates David said he’d help seek out names for the op-ed that would have sought to discredit the accuser, although he allegedly said he wouldn’t sign the document.HRC announces independent review of president ensnared in N.Y. AG report|Chris Johnson|August 9, 2021|Washington Blade
If a teacher stays in the classroom, the accusers or the employee could sue the university for negligence or wrongdoing.Inside the Long, Costly Process of Firing a Professor|Kayla Jimenez|August 3, 2021|Voice of San Diego
An initial FBI background check of Kavanaugh had already been completed ahead of his confirmation hearings and his accusers coming forward.Democrats continue to admonish FBI over handling of Kavanaugh complaints|Eugene Scott|July 22, 2021|Washington Post
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