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[uh-kyooz] /əˈkyuz/
verb (used with object), accused, accusing.
to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of):
He accused him of murder.
to find fault with; blame.
verb (used without object), accused, accusing.
to make an accusation.
Origin of accuse
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.
1. arraign, indict; incriminate, impeach.
1, 2. exonerate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for accusing
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  • Impatiently I smother the accusing whisper of my conscience, "By the right of revolutionary ethics."

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • The latter said: “You must get ahead of the dragon, and prevent him from accusing you in Heaven!”

  • Her geranium stood where she had left it, and its withered and yellow leaves smote her with accusing neglect.

  • Now, at this precise moment, he was accusing this criminal of a fresh crime!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • All eyes, and most of them accusing eyes, were turned on Dick & Co.

British Dictionary definitions for accusing


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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