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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.
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 accusations
  • Then came accusations of misconduct, exploitation, and worse.
  • If someone makes accusations without evidence then all they are demonstrating is their own low moral character.
  • accusations fueled by envy and greed were routinely tossed around.
  • Resorting to childish accusations and name calling speaks more about you than it does anything else.
  • We're now entering our fourth decade of pointing fingers and making accusations.
  • The ombudsman, who levelled the accusations against him, was herself threatened with arrest for alleged fraud.
  • Then came explosive accusations of professional misconduct, exploitation, and worse.
  • Names, criticisms and accusations fly and are too numerous to note here.
  • The accusations set off one of the widest police investigations yet into illegal organ sales.
  • Colleagues at other campuses have also run into last-minute buzz saws, including false accusations.
British Dictionary definitions for accusations


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 accusations



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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