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[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
counteraccusation, noun
preaccusation, noun
reaccusation, noun
self-accusation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accusation
  • But they probably think the accusation is ill-timed.
  • For an accusation so strong, you need to have the data and sources to back it up.
  • But no evidence to support the accusation has ever emerged.
  • Indeed, at the bottom of the sheet sat his accusation.
  • Partly, the accusation was that they secretly envied a numerical rigour to which they could not possibly aspire.
  • Nor is it a publicity stunt, he argues, answering an accusation that's been raised.
  • Tanner denied the motion, ruling he had told the jury not to consider the accusation.
  • By the way, there is no accusation that the coal companies did anything wrong here.
  • It helps a lot in dealing with the accusation that science is merely a belief system.
  • His confirmation should also survive the accusation that he is a racist.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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