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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyoozd]
    • /əˈkyuzd/
    • /əˈkjuːz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoozd]
    • /əˈkyuzd/

Definitions of accused word

  • countable noun accused You can use the accused to refer to a person or a group of people charged with a crime or on trial for it. 3
  • adjective accused charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.: the accused boy. 1
  • noun accused a person or persons charged in a court of law with a crime, offense, etc. (often preceded by the). 1
  • verb with object accused to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder. 1
  • verb with object accused to find fault with; blame. 1
  • verb without object accused to make an accusation. 1

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Origin of accused

First appearance:

before 1585
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1585-95; accuse + -ed2

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Parts of speech for Accused


accused popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

accused usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accused

adj accused

  • implicated — to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
  • liable — legally responsible: You are liable for the damage caused by your action.
  • arraigned — to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
  • indicted — (of a grand jury) to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial: The grand jury indicted him for murder.
  • blamed — damned

noun accused

  • suspect — to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder.
  • defendant — A defendant is a person who has been accused of breaking the law and is being tried in court.
  • respondent — a person who responds or makes reply.

Antonyms for accused

adj accused

  • acquitted — to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: They acquitted him of the crime. The jury acquitted her, but I still think she's guilty.
  • clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
  • discharged — to relieve of a charge or load; unload: to discharge a ship.

noun accused

  • plaintiff — a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant).
  • complainant — A complainant is a person who starts a court case in a court of law.
  • misaccused — charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.: the accused boy.

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