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Definitions of accuse word
- verb accuse If you accuse someone of doing something wrong or dishonest, you say or tell them that you believe that they did it. 3
- verb accuse If you are accused of a crime, a witness or someone in authority states or claims that you did it, and you may be formally charged with it and put on trial. 3
- verb accuse to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame 3
- verb transitive accuse to find at fault; blame 3
- verb transitive accuse to bring formal charges against (of doing wrong, breaking the law, etc.) 3
- verb with object accuse to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder. 1
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Origin of accuse
First appearance:before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English ac(c)usen < Old French acuser < Latin accūsāre to call to account (ac- ac- + -cūs-, combining form of caus-; see cause)
Parts of speech for Accuse
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% 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 accuse
- prosecute — Law. to institute legal proceedings against (a person). to seek to enforce or obtain by legal process. to conduct criminal proceedings in court against.
- sue — to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against: to sue someone for damages.
- name — a dictionary of given names that indicates whether a name is usually male, female, or unisex and often includes origins as well as meanings; for example, as by indicating that Evangeline, meaning “good news,” comes from Greek. Used primarily as an aid in selecting a name for a baby, dictionaries of names may also include lists of famous people who have shared a name and information about its current popularity ranking.
- brand — If someone is branded as something bad, people think they are that thing.
- summon — to call upon to do something specified.
Antonyms for accuse
- pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
- praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
- applaud — When a group of people applaud, they clap their hands in order to show approval, for example when they have enjoyed a play or concert.
- retreat — the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
- 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.
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