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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyooz]
    • /əˈkyuz/
    • /əˈkjuː.zɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyooz]
    • /əˈkyuz/

Definitions of accusing word

  • adjective 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. 3
  • verb with object accusing to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder. 1
  • verb with object accusing to find fault with; blame. 1
  • verb without object accusing to make an accusation. 1
  • noun accusing (of an expression, gesture, or tone of voice) indicating a belief in someone's guilt or culpability. 1
  • adjective accusing placing blame 1

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Origin of accusing

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)

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Parts of speech for Accusing


accusing popularity

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.

accusing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accusing

adjective accusing

  • reproachful — full of or expressing reproach or censure: a reproachful look.
  • critical — A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important.
  • condemnatory — Condemnatory means expressing strong disapproval.
  • accusatory — An accusatory look, remark, or tone of voice suggests blame or criticism.
  • accusatorial — containing or implying blame or strong criticism

noun accusing

  • 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.

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