[ uh-kyooz ]
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verb (used with object),ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
  1. to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.

  2. to find fault with; blame.

verb (used without object),ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
  1. 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)

Other words for accuse

Opposites for accuse

Other words from accuse

  • ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
  • ac·cus·a·bly, adverb
  • ac·cus·ant, noun
  • ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), in·ter·ac·cused, in·ter·ac·cus·ing.
  • non·ac·cus·ing, adjective
  • pre·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), pre·ac·cused, pre·ac·cus·ing.
  • re·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), re·ac·cused, re·ac·cus·ing.
  • self-ac·cus·ing, adjective
  • un·ac·cus·a·ble, adjective
  • un·ac·cus·ing, adjective
  • un·ac·cus·ing·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with accuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accuse in a sentence

  • McGinty's eyes rested accusingly upon each face in the circle about the body.

  • His unsmiling eyes are looking somberly, sternly, accusingly into hers.

    Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
  • The shrimp turned to the prisoner and, at the sight of him, started forward accusingly.

    Through the Wall | Cleveland Moffett
  • The old gentleman's voice was self-contained, though his eyes bored accusingly into those of his visitor.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • Presently she happened to cough slightly, and he touched accusingly the light summer cloak she was wearing.

    The Tinted Venus | F. Anstey

British Dictionary definitions for accuse


/ (əˈkjuːz) /

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

Origin of accuse

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

Derived forms of accuse

  • accuser, noun
  • accusing, adjective
  • accusingly, adverb

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