First attested around 1300. From Middle English acusen, from Old French acuser, from Latin accūsō (“to call to account, accuse”), from ad (“to”) + causa (“cause, lawsuit, reason”). Akin to cause. Displaced native English bewray.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: əkyo͞ozʹ, IPA(key): /əˈkjuːz/
- (US) enPR: əkyo͞ozʹ, IPA(key): /əˈkjuz/
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- Rhymes: -uːz
- Hyphenation: ac‧cuse
- (transitive) to find fault with, blame, censure
- 1849 February 2, Lord Palmerston, The Address in Answer to the Speech—Adjourned Debate, House of Commons; republished as Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, volume 102, third series, 1849, page 216:
- We are accused of having persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms when their differences might have involved the Powers of Europe in contention.
- (transitive, law, followed by "of") to charge with having committed a crime or offence
- Synonyms: charge, indict, impeach, arraign
- For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.
- 1981, Hualing Nieh, editor, Literature of the Hundred Flowers, volume II, Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page xxxix:
- Ting Ling had disappeared from public life in 1958. She was accused of being a "Rightist" and was sent to a farm in Hei-lung-chiang Province in remote northeast China, worked there twelve years raising chickens, was in prison five years (1970-1975), and began to live in a village in Shansi in 1975.
- (intransitive) to make an accusation against someone
- 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
- According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
- “accuse”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “accuse”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- accuse at OneLook Dictionary Search
- inflection of :
- plural of