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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-yoo-zey-shuh n]
    • /ˌæk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/
    • /ˌæk.jʊˈzeɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-yoo-zey-shuh n]
    • /ˌæk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of accusation word

  • variable noun accusation If you make an accusation against someone, you criticize them or express the belief that they have done something wrong. 3
  • countable noun accusation An accusation is a statement or claim by a witness or someone in authority that a particular person has committed a crime, although this has not yet been proved. 3
  • noun accusation an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation 3
  • noun accusation a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed 3
  • noun accusation an accusing or being accused 3
  • noun accusation the crime or wrong of which a person is accused 3

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Origin of accusation

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English accusacion < Latin accūsātiōn- (stem of accūsātiō), equivalent to accūsāt(us), past participle of accūsāre (see accuse, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

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Parts of speech for Accusation


accusation popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accusation

noun accusation

  • complaint — A complaint is a statement in which you express your dissatisfaction with a particular situation.
  • denunciation — Denunciation of someone or something is severe public criticism of them.
  • allegation — An allegation is a statement saying that someone has done something wrong.
  • indictment — an act of indicting.
  • insinuation — an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially of a derogatory nature: She made nasty insinuations about her rivals.

Antonyms for accusation

noun accusation

  • commendation — the act or an instance of commending; praise
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • flattery — the act of flattering.
  • approval — If you win someone's approval for something that you ask for or suggest, they agree to it.

verb accusation

  • reprieve — to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.

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