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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
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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  • He emphasizes that he is not accusing anyone of deliberately falsifying evidence.
  • The article lists several lifeforms being sent, why don't you look them up before accusing.
  • There's never going to be any healing going on until people get done scapegoating, accusing, and blaming.
  • The laws also contain no penalties or disincentives for copyright holders to avoid falsely accusing others of infringement.
  • But some people are already accusing it of excessive secrecy and being too ambitious about the changes it proposes.
  • Hundreds of protesters attempted to storm the presidential palace, accusing the authorities of negligence.
  • They were freed after another channel agreed to broadcast a video accusing the government of aiding a rival gang.
  • He was obviously out of control, accusing her of misplacing a page of an original manuscript that she had been typing for him.
  • Administrators there have responded by accusing the professor of a pattern of inappropriate speech and behavior.
  • accusing someone of this almost certainly gets you fired if you are wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for accusing

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 accusing

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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