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accuse

See also accusé

English

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

Old French acuser, French accuser, Latin accusare, to call to account, accuse; ad- + causa cause, lawsuit. Compare cause

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to accuse

Third person singular
accus

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to accuse (third-person singular simple present accus, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To find fault with or attribute blame to.
  2. (transitive) To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; construed with of.
    For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.
  4. (transitive) To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.

Synonyms

Usage notes

  • To accuse, charge, impeach, arraign: these words agree in bringing home to a person the imputation of wrongdoing.
  • To accuse is a somewhat formal act, and is applied usually (though not exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason.
  • Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with dishonesty or falsehood.
  • To arraign is to bring (a person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign one before a court or at the bar public opinion.
  • To impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in office; as, to impeach a minister of high crimes.
  • Both impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness.

Translations

Noun

Singular
accuse

Plural
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  1. (obsolete) An accusation - Shakespeare

French

Verb

accuse

  1. First- and third-person singular indicative present of accuser.
  2. First- and third-person singular subjunctive present of accuser.
  3. Ordinary second-person singular imperative present of accuser.

Italian

Noun

accuse f.

  1. Plural form of accusa.

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