[ak-yoo-zey-shuh n]


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 formscoun·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

Examples from the Web for self-accusation

Historical Examples of self-accusation

  • "It would not be like him," responded Hester, with self-accusation.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • I said this somewhat testily, for the self-accusation nettled me.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Hitherto her voice had been hard, possibly in self-accusation, possibly in defiance.

  • And you will never regret and never forget this chapter of Self-accusation.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

  • The wrath in his soul melted at this self-accusation and fervent repentance.

    Legends of the Rhine

    Wilhelm Ruland

British Dictionary definitions for self-accusation



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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Word Origin and History for self-accusation



late 14c., from Old French acusacion or directly from Latin accusationem (nominative accusatio), noun of action from past participle stem of accusare (see accuse).

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