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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
    • /əˈkyu zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
    • /əˈkjuː.zə.tər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
    • /əˈkyu zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/

Definitions of accusatory word

  • adjective accusatory An accusatory look, remark, or tone of voice suggests blame or criticism. 3
  • adjective accusatory making or containing an accusation; accusing 3
  • adjective accusatory containing an accusation; accusing: an accusatory look. 1
  • noun accusatory Indicating or suggesting that one believes a person has done something wrong. 1
  • adjective accusatory placing blame 1
  • adjective accusatory Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation. 0

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Origin of accusatory

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < Latin accūsātōrius, equivalent to accūsā(re) to accuse + -tōrius -tory1

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Parts of speech for Accusatory


accusatory popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% 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.

accusatory usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accusatory

adj accusatory

  • denunciatory — characterized by or given to denunciation.
  • accusing — If you look at someone with an accusing expression or speak to them in an accusing tone of voice, you are showing that you think they have done something wrong.
  • accusatorial — containing or implying blame or strong criticism

noun accusatory

  • accusative — In the grammar of some languages, the accusative, or the accusative case, is the case used for a noun when it is the direct object of a verb, or the object of some prepositions. In English, only the pronouns 'me', 'him', 'her', 'us', and 'them' are in the accusative. Compare nominative.

adjective accusatory

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