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ac·cuse

(ə-kyo͞oz′)
v. ac·cused, ac·cus·ing, ac·cus·es
v. tr.
1. To charge with a shortcoming or error.
2. To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
v. intr.
To make a charge of wrongdoing against another.

[Middle English acusen, ultimately (party via Old French acuser) from Latin accūsāre : ad-, ad- + causa, lawsuit; see cause.]

ac·cus′er n.
ac·cus′ing·ly adv.

accuse

(əˈkjuːz)
vb
to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
[C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit]
acˈcuser n
acˈcusing adj
acˈcusingly adv

ac•cuse

(əˈkyuz)

v. -cused, -cus•ing. v.t.
1. to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usu. fol. by of): He was accused of murder.
2. to blame.
v.i.
3. to make an accusation.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French acuser < Latin accūsāre to blame, charge with a crime =ac- ac- + -cūsāre, v. derivative of causa; see cause]
ac•cus′a•ble, adj.
ac•cus′a•bly, adv.
ac•cus′er, n.
ac•cus′ing•ly, adv.

accuse

charge
1. 'accuse'

If you accuse someone of doing something wrong, you say that they did it.

He accused them of drinking beer while driving.
He is accused of killing ten young women.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you accuse someone 'for' doing something wrong.

2. 'charge'

When the police charge someone with committing a crime, they formally accuse them of it.

He was arrested and charged with committing a variety of offences.

accuse


Past participle: accused
Gerund: accusing

Imperative
accuse
accuse
Present
I accuse
you accuse
he/she/it accuses
we accuse
you accuse
they accuse
Preterite
I accused
you accused
he/she/it accused
we accused
you accused
they accused
Present Continuous
I am accusing
you are accusing
he/she/it is accusing
we are accusing
you are accusing
they are accusing
Present Perfect
I have accused
you have accused
he/she/it has accused
we have accused
you have accused
they have accused
Past Continuous
I was accusing
you were accusing
he/she/it was accusing
we were accusing
you were accusing
they were accusing
Past Perfect
I had accused
you had accused
he/she/it had accused
we had accused
you had accused
they had accused
Future
I will accuse
you will accuse
he/she/it will accuse
we will accuse
you will accuse
they will accuse
Future Perfect
I will have accused
you will have accused
he/she/it will have accused
we will have accused
you will have accused
they will have accused
Future Continuous
I will be accusing
you will be accusing
he/she/it will be accusing
we will be accusing
you will be accusing
they will be accusing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been accusing
you have been accusing
he/she/it has been accusing
we have been accusing
you have been accusing
they have been accusing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been accusing
you will have been accusing
he/she/it will have been accusing
we will have been accusing
you will have been accusing
they will have been accusing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been accusing
you had been accusing
he/she/it had been accusing
we had been accusing
you had been accusing
they had been accusing
Conditional
I would accuse
you would accuse
he/she/it would accuse
we would accuse
you would accuse
they would accuse
Past Conditional
I would have accused
you would have accused
he/she/it would have accused
we would have accused
you would have accused
they would have accused
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.accuse - bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"
reproach, upbraid - express criticism towards; "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
arraign - accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
recriminate - return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
lodge, file, charge - file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
2.accuse - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
blame, fault - put or pin the blame on
accuse, criminate, incriminate, impeach - bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
indict - accuse formally of a crime

accuse

verb
1. point a or the finger at, blame for, denounce, attribute to, hold responsible for, impute blame to He accused her of having an affair with another man.
point a or the finger at deny, exonerate
2. charge with, indict for, impeach for, arraign for, cite, tax with, censure with, incriminate for, recriminate for Her assistant was accused of theft and fraud by the police.
charge with vindicate, exonerate, absolve

accuse

verb
To make an accusation against:
Translations
يَتَّـهِـميَتَّهِمُ
obvinit
beskyldeanklage
syyttää
optužitiokriviti
tuduh
ásaka
訴える
고소하다
accusare
apkaltintikaltinamasiskaltinimaskaltinti
apsūdzēt
obtoženiobtožiti
anklaga
กล่าวหา
buộc tội

accuse

[əˈkjuːz] VT to accuse sb (of)acusar a algn (de)
he stands accused ofse le acusa de ...

accuse

[əˈkjuːz] vtaccuser
to accuse sb of sth [+ dishonesty, immorality, murder] → accuser qn de qch
The police are accusing her of murder → La police l'accuse de meurtre.
to accuse sb of doing sth → accuser qn de faire qch, accuser qn d'avoir fait qch
to be accused of sth → être accusé(e) de qch

accuse

vt
(Jur) → anklagen (→ of wegen, +gen); he is or stands accused of murder/thefter ist des Mordes/Diebstahls angeklagt, er steht unter Anklage des Mordes/Diebstahls (form)
personbeschuldigen, bezichtigen; to accuse somebody of doing or having done somethingjdn beschuldigen or bezichtigen, etw getan zu haben; are you accusing me? I didn’t take it!beschuldigen Sie mich? Ich habe es nicht genommen; are you accusing me of lying/not having checked the brakes?willst du (damit) vielleicht sagen, dass ich lüge/die Bremsen nicht nachgesehen habe?; to accuse somebody of being untidyjdm vorwerfen, unordentlich zu sein; who are you accusing, the police or society?wen klagen Sie an, die Polizei oder die Gesellschaft?; I accuse the government of dishonestyich werfe der Regierung Unehrlichkeit vor; a generation stands accused of hypocrisyeine Generation wird der Scheinheiligkeit beschuldigt or angeklagt or geziehen (geh); we all stand accuseduns alle trifft eine Schuld

accuse

[əˈkjuːz] vt to accuse sb (of)accusare qn (di)

accuse

(əˈkjuːz) verb
(with of) to charge (someone) with having done something wrong. They accused him of stealing the car.
ˌaccuˈsation (ӕ-) noun
the accused
the person(s) accused in a court of law. The accused was found not guilty.

accuse

يَتَّهِمُ obvinit beskylde beschuldigen κατηγορώ acusar syyttää accuser optužiti accusare 訴える 고소하다 beschuldigen beskylde oskarżyć acusar обвинять anklaga กล่าวหา suçlamak buộc tội 指控

accuse

v. acusar, denunciar, culpar.
References in classic literature ?
It has been urged that the presence of the accused brothers in that fatal room, just after notification that one of them must take the life of Judge Driscoll or lose his own the moment the parties should meet, clearly signifies that the natural of self-preservation moved my clients to go there secretly and save Count Luigi by destroying his adversary.
"Much stress has been laid upon the fact that the accused offered a very large reward for the knife with which this murder was done; that no thief came forward to claim that extraordinary reward; that the latter fact was good circumstantial evidence that the claim that the knife had been stolen was a vanity and a fraud; that these details taken in connection with the memorable and apparently prophetic speech of the deceased concerning that knife, and the finally discovery of that very knife in the fatal room where no living person was found present with the slaughtered man but the owner of the knife and his brother, form an indestructible chain of evidence which fixed the crime upon those unfortunate strangers.
The accused explained that the citizen was his first witness.
His high personal popularity, and the clearness of his answers, made a great impression; but, as he proceeded, as he showed that the Accused was his first friend on his release from his long imprisonment; that, the accused had remained in England, always faithful and devoted to his daughter and himself in their exile; that, so far from being in favour with the Aristocrat government there, he had actually been tried for his life by it, as the foe of England and friend of the United States--as he brought these circumstances into view, with the greatest discretion and with the straightforward force of truth and earnestness, the Jury and the populace became one.
"Gendarmes," said the president, "lead in the accused."
There was no longer any deceit or bravado in the manner of the accused. The audience felt that a startling revelation was to follow this ominous prelude.
Thanks to this precaution, which he always was careful to take at the moment when on the point of beginning an examination, he knew beforehand the names, titles, and misdeeds of the accused, made cut and dried responses to questions foreseen, and succeeded in extricating himself from all the windings of the interrogation without allowing his deafness to be too apparent.
The judge, being deaf, and being in no way warned of the deafness of the accused, thought that the latter had answered, as all accused do in general, and therefore he pursued, with his mechanical and stupid self-possession,--
These questions, like questions put at trials generally, left the essence of the matter aside, shut out the possibility of that essence's being revealed, and were designed only to form a channel through which the judges wished the answers of the accused to flow so as to lead to the desired result, namely a conviction.
The prosecution of them, for this reason, will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. In many cases it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.
A deficiency in the first, would be fatal to the accused; in the last, dangerous to the public tranquillity.
A minister, named George Burroughs, was among the accused. In the months of August and September, 1692, he and nineteen other innocent men and women were put to death.