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accused

[uh-kyoozd] /əˈkyuzd/
adjective
1.
charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.:
the accused boy.
noun
2.
a person or persons charged in a court of law with a crime, offense, etc. (often preceded by the).
Origin of accused
1585-1595
1585-95; accuse + -ed2
Related forms
misaccused, adjective
self-accused, adjective
unaccused, adjective

accuse

[uh-kyooz] /əˈkyuz/
verb (used with object), accused, accusing.
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), accused, accusing.
3.
to make an accusation.
Origin
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)
Related forms
accusable, adjective
accusably, adverb
accusant, noun
accusingly, adverb
interaccuse, verb (used with object), interaccused, interaccusing.
nonaccusing, adjective
preaccuse, verb (used with object), preaccused, preaccusing.
reaccuse, verb (used with object), reaccused, reaccusing.
self-accusing, adjective
unaccusable, adjective
unaccusing, adjective
unaccusingly, adverb
Can be confused
accuse, allege, charge.
Synonyms
1. arraign, indict; incriminate, impeach.
Antonyms
1, 2. exonerate.
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accused

/əˈkjuːzd/
noun
1.
(law) the accused, the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge

accuse

/əˈkjuːz/
verb
1.
to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Derived Forms
accuser, noun
accusing, adjective
accusingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit
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Word Origin and History for accused
n.

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

accuse

v.

c.1300, "charge (with an offense, etc.), impugn, blame," from Old French acuser "to accuse, indict, reproach, blame" (13c.), earlier "announce, report, disclose" (12c.), or directly from Latin accusare "to call to account," from ad- "against" (see ad-) + causari "give as a cause or motive," from causa "reason" (see cause (n.)). Related: Accused; accusing; accusingly.

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