Definition of accusation in English:

accusation

noun

  • 1A charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong:

    ‘accusations of bribery’
    • ‘Added to this are accusations that he failed to live up to his promise that the elections would be democratic and fair.’
    • ‘Just five days later, however, he crashed down to earth amid accusations of bribery.’
    • ‘The unit was intended to review the system of public appointments to avoid accusations of political bias.’
    • ‘Zealously denying the accusations, Richard waxed eloquent in his own defense.’
    • ‘Sensitive to accusations of cronyism, he also wanted a non-political appointment.’
    • ‘After all, accusations of bias usually say more about the accuser than the accused.’
    • ‘I do think these things can be discussed and criticised without accusations of elitism coming up.’
    • ‘Shows were cancelled and accusations flew between members of the band as to who was to blame.’
    • ‘Some were more inventive in the means they took to make accusations of sexual misconduct.’
    • ‘Is this what was meant by the scurrilous accusations about his expenses?’
    • ‘Defeat on the pitch can lead, and has led, to accusations not only of bribery but cowardice and even treason.’
    • ‘The move has provoked accusations that Executive ministers are acting to silence a vocal critic.’
    • ‘We are individuals as well as social beings, and open to accusations of selfishness and hypocrisy.’
    • ‘It is these kinds of charges and accusations that make people laugh at the military.’
    • ‘To avoid accusations that he didn't live in the electorate, he rented a place there.’
    • ‘As if to counter the accusations of snootiness, not every selection is wilfully obscure.’
    • ‘Countering accusations of dullness, the insurer's job often borders on the surreal.’
    • ‘Once again accusations are flying about the lack of consultation over health services.’
    • ‘More than four years on not one iota of evidence in support of the accusations has been provided.’
    • ‘I'm sick of the silent accusations that I'm not trying hard enough to get a job.’
    allegation, charge, claim, assertion, asseveration, attribution, incrimination, imputation, denouncement, indictment, arraignment, citation, inculpation, blame, condemnation, criticism, complaint
    suit, lawsuit
    plaint
    impeachment, bill of indictment
    beef
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action or process of accusing someone:
      ‘there was accusation in Brian's voice’
      • ‘Such practices of accusation and defense have an important place in morality and law.’
      • ‘The muzzle of the gun just stared Czerell in the face like an unblinking eye of accusation.’
      • ‘Museum officials led the cry of accusation, and their stories soon appeared in the media.’
      • ‘We put the US on notice that we expect full proof, that we will not tolerate accusation by innuendo or slur.’
      • ‘A generation later, he is driven to return to the scene, craving discovery and even accusation.’
      • ‘The Stegner program was designed to avoid any accusation that a writing degree was a soft option.’
      • ‘A blistering run from Greene, and one provoking no accusation of drug cheating, might still save the day.’
      • ‘You could not conceivably get more resentment and accusation than is documented there.’
      • ‘Everyday when she looked out her window she was filled with an intense feeling of accusation.’
      • ‘He creeps toward me low to the ground, with a whiny growl of misery and accusation.’
      • ‘The blonde with tears running down her cheeks starts crying harder but her blue eyes have a hint of accusation in them.’
      • ‘He has a long history of accusation of unethical acts from suborning perjury to driving under the influence of marijuana.’
      • ‘It is no exaggeration to say the town was being torn apart by suspicion, rumour and accusation during my visit there in November.’
      • ‘Once at the door, the memories halted and the silence accosted her with a tone of accusation.’
      • ‘She took a long breath and regarded me with a look that was rife with accusation.’
      • ‘She had looked so cute with her disheveled dark curls and accusation in her gaze as she sat on her rump on the floor.’
      • ‘Suddenly the play turns from a study of adolescent accusation into one about the problems of living with a gay husband.’
      • ‘Every question Crosse asked himself left him facing a spear of accusation.’
      • ‘But along with sin, there came lust, fear, pride, accusation, betrayal, and guilt.’
      • ‘There was accusation in her voice, and he felt his heart go heavy at it.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin accusatio(n-), from accusare call to account (see accuse).

Pronunciation:

accusation

/akjʊˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/