Definition of accusatory in English:



  • Indicating or suggesting that one believes a person has done something wrong.

    ‘he pointed an accusatory finger in her direction’
    • ‘A balled-up fist reaches out, one finger pointed in an accusatory jab towards you.’
    • ‘There's another, more accusatory, version of this tune.’
    • ‘There was a commotion outside the office - loud, accusatory voices.’
    • ‘It will be a pointing, accusatory finger and a baleful cry of ‘we told you so’.’
    • ‘Michael heads towards the door but turns and points an accusatory finger at Tommy.’
    • ‘Micah's voice was accusatory, making it sound like something had gone horribly wrong.’
    • ‘Inspiration for the move came after hordes of late-coming executives pointed accusatory fingers at the transport system.’
    • ‘In the distance we see the headland that is our destination: Cape Palinuro, an accusatory finger jutting its way into the sea.’
    • ‘He approached me and thrust a thick, square, accusatory finger in my face.’
    • ‘It is funny how quickly everyone in society reaches out to point an accusatory finger at those unlucky enough to be in the spotlight.’
    • ‘In fact, when this death metal band receives any recognition from the mainstream press at all, it is nearly always in the form of an accusatory finger.’
    • ‘Ignoring their needs and interests and pointing accusatory fingers won't help.’
    • ‘First to his knees, then his haunches, and then dropping forward in the dirt, pointing his whole body at me like an accusatory finger.’
    • ‘Next time I hear that crabby, accusatory voice, I'm going to pretend I've contracted a sudden case of selective deafness.’
    • ‘He pointed an accusatory finger at the television medium for aggressively promoting films made for the market.’
    • ‘Avoid ‘why’ questions because they can be perceived as accusatory.’
    • ‘There are so many questions from the family, wagging tongues and accusatory fingers.’
    • ‘Believe it or not there was something accusatory in the way she said it.’
    • ‘The only thing missing is the accusatory finger pointed at me in mock surprise.’
    • ‘He just jabs us in the chest with an accusatory finger and hopes that guilt at our ignorance will keep us quiet.’
    disapproving, reproving, full of reproof, critical, censorious, disparaging, disappointed, withering, admonitory, condemnatory, castigatory, fault-finding
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