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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 of accuse
1250-1300
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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  • At any moment it may open, and the dead appear to accuse her.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • I let her accuse me as she pleased—and she very soon began to defend me.

  • Her purse now contained three shillings, and she certainly could not accuse herself of any extravagance in the matter of diet.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • My sins also came into my mind, and my conscience did accuse me on every side.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Yet there is no one whom I can accuse for my misfortunes; they, and the distresses of my family, are the work of my own hands.

British Dictionary definitions for accuse

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 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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