accuse [uh-kyooz] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
- to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder.
- to find fault with; blame.
verb (used without object), ac·cused, ac·cus·ing.
- to make an accusation.
Origin of accuse 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)Related formsac·cus·a·ble, adjectiveac·cus·a·bly, adverbac·cus·ant, nounac·cus·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), in·ter·ac·cused, in·ter·ac·cus·ing.non·ac·cus·ing, adjectivepre·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), pre·ac·cused, pre·ac·cus·ing.re·ac·cuse, verb (used with object), re·ac·cused, re·ac·cus·ing.self-ac·cus·ing, adjectiveun·ac·cus·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cus·ing, adjectiveun·ac·cus·ing·ly, adverbCan be confusedaccuse allege chargeSynonyms for accuse 1. arraign, indict; incriminate, impeach.Antonyms for accuse 1, 2. exonerate. Examples from the Web for unaccusing Historical Examples of unaccusing
Her closed and unaccusing eyes, exhorting him as passionate utterances could not have done, incited him to a frenzy.
British Dictionary definitions for unaccusing accuse verb
- to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame
Derived Formsaccuser, nounaccusing, adjectiveaccusingly, adverbWord Origin for accuse C13: via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuit Word Origin and History for unaccusing accuse v.
c.1300, “charge (with an offense, etc.), impugn, blame,” from Old French acuser “to accuse, indict, reproach, blame” (13c.), earlier “announce, report, disclose” (12c.), or directly from Latin accusare “to call to account,” from ad- “against” (see ad-) + causari “give as a cause or motive,” from causa “reason” (see cause (n.)). Related: Accused; accusing; accusingly.