accuse VERB (often accuse of) 1) charge with an offence or crime. 2) claim that (someone) has done (something wrong).
DERIVATIVES accusatory adjective accuser noun.
ORIGIN Latin accusare 'call to account' , from causa 'reason, motive, lawsuit' .

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  • accusatory — ac·cus·a·to·ry /ə kyü zə ˌtōr ē/ adj 1: containing or expressing an accusation the accusatory pleading 2: accusatorial Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Accusatory — Ac*cu sa*to*ry, a. [L. accusatorius, fr. accusare.] Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation; as, an accusatory libel. Grote. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accusatory — (adj.) c.1600, from L. accusatorius, from accusare (see ACCUSE (Cf. accuse)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • accusatory — [ə kyo͞o′zə tôr΄ē] adj. making or containing an accusation; accusing …   English World dictionary

  • accusatory — [[t]əkju͟ːzətəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED An accusatory look, remark, or tone of voice suggests blame or criticism. [WRITTEN] Her blue eyes took on an unblinking, accusatory stare. Syn: accusing …   English dictionary

  • accusatory — adjective Date: 14th century containing or expressing accusation ; accusing < an accusatory look > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accusatory — /euh kyooh zeuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. containing an accusation; accusing: an accusatory look. Also, accusative. [1595 1605; < L accusatorius, equiv. to accusa(re) to ACCUSE + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • accusatory — adjective /əˈkjuːzət(ə)ri/ Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation; as, an accusatory libel …   Wiktionary

  • accusatory — adj. Accusatory is used with these nouns: ↑finger …   Collocations dictionary

  • accusatory — ac|cu|sa|to|ry [əˈkju:zətəri US to:ri] adj an accusatory remark or look from someone shows that they think you have done something wrong …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • accusatory — ac|cu|sa|to|ry [ ə kjuzə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL intended to show someone that you think they have done something wrong: an accusatory look/remark …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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