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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 self 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 self 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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