AskDefine | Define accuse

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1 bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "He charged the man with spousal abuse" [syn: impeach, incriminate, criminate]
2 blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged me director with indifference" [syn: charge]

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


  • , /əˈkjuːz/, /@"kju:z/
  • Rhymes with: -uːz


  1. To find fault with or attribute blame to.
  2. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense.
  3. In the context of "transitive|law": 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. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.

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.


to attribute blame to someone
  • Arabic:
  • Croatian: optužiti, okriviti
  • Czech: obvinit
  • Dutch: beschuldigen
  • Finnish: syyttää
  • French: accuser
  • German: beschuldigen
  • Hebrew: להאשים (le'haashym)
  • Ido: akuzar
  • Indonesian: tuduh
  • Interlingua: accusar
  • Italian: accusare
  • Japanese: 問う (tou); 着せる (kiseru)
  • Latin: accusare
  • Polish: oskarżać
  • Portuguese: acusar
  • Russian: винить (vinít), обвинять (obvinyát)
  • Slovene: obtožiti
  • Spanish: acusar
  • Türkçe: Suçlamak


  1. An accusation - Shakespeare






  1. Plural of accusa

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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