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[uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈkyu zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
containing an accusation; accusing:
an accusatory look.
Also, accusative.
Origin of accusatory
1595-1605; < Latin accūsātōrius, equivalent to accūsā(re) to accuse + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
self-accusatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accusatory
  • The tone is never accusatory, always teasing, but comes with a hint of shock.
  • Walls get built and defensive go up because they are being approached in an accusatory manner.
  • As the glacially paced film inches forward with its halting conversations and accusatory glances, it tests your patience.
  • Weber has approached key staff in an abrasive and accusatory manner.
  • Programs aimed at reducing the prospect of biased traffic law enforcement should not be accusatory.
  • The coach and employee must mutually define the problem in a non-accusatory manner.
  • The national debate on energy policy and jobs too often breaks down to partisan politics and accusatory rhetoric.
British Dictionary definitions for accusatory


containing or implying blame or strong criticism
(law) denoting criminal procedure in which the prosecutor is distinct from the judge and the trial is conducted in public Compare inquisitorial (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for accusatory

c.1600, from Latin accusatorius, from accusare (see accuse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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