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accused

[uh-kyoozd]
adjective
  1. charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.: the accused boy.
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noun
  1. 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

First recorded in 1585–95; accuse + -ed2
Related formsmis·ac·cused, adjectiveself-ac·cused, adjectiveun·ac·cused, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for misaccused

accused

noun
  1. the accused law the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge
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Word Origin and History for misaccused

accused

n.

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

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