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From accuse +‎ -atory, or borrowed from Latin accūsātōrius.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkju.zə.ˌtɔɹ.i/
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accusatory (comparative more accusatory, superlative most accusatory)

  1. Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation. [from the early 17th c.]
    • 1846-1856, George Grote, A History of Greece:
      This conclusion will certainly be strengthened by reading the accusatory speech composed by Deinarchus []
    • 2009 February 18, Janet Maslin, “Racial Insults and Quiet Bravery in 1960s Mississippi”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Had she heard the same Bob Dylan singing “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” his accusatory song about the fatal caning of a 51-year-old black barmaid by a young white patrician, “The Help” might have ventured outside its harsh yet still comfortable, reader-friendly world.

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