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accusation

[ak-yoo-zey-shuh n] /ˌæk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
2.
the specific offense charged:
The accusation is murder.
3.
the act of accusing or state of being accused.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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British Dictionary definitions for re-accusation

accusation

/ˌækjʊˈzeɪʃən/
noun
1.
an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation
2.
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 re-accusation

accusation

n.

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

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