[ ak-yoo-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌæk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən /


a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
the specific offense charged: The accusation is murder.
the act of accusing or state of being accused.

Origin of accusation

1350–1400; Middle English accusacion < Latin accūsātiōn- (stem of accūsātiō), equivalent to accūsāt(us), past participle of accūsāre (see accuse, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

coun·ter·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounpre·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounre·ac·cu·sa·tion, nounself-ac·cu·sa·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-accusation


/ (ˌækjʊˈzeɪʃən) /


an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation
a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed
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