Definition of accuse in English:



[with object]often accuse someone of
  • 1Charge (someone) with an offence or crime.

    ‘he was accused of murdering his wife's lover’
    • ‘The defense stressed that the whole South lacked food, medicine, and other supplies at the time, and that Wirz was often too ill to have carried out the violent crimes he was accused of committing.’
    • ‘This forced the federal government to give up interference with the legal proceedings and the tribunals ended up acquitting us from the crimes we were accused of.’
    • ‘And maybe those who gathered outside the court to view the prominent six felt that the crimes they are accused of are worse than rape or murder.’
    • ‘The police were then notified and, with minimal interrogation, the alleged firebug confessed to the gamut of crimes he was accused of.’
    • ‘Socrates is certainly not guilty of the crimes he is accused of.’
    • ‘It is ironic that if he had been accused of sex crimes while working with children, he would almost certainly have been placed on secret lists which schools have access to.’
    • ‘If you floated you were guilty of the crime you were accused of.’
    • ‘He struck them as a decent, genuine man and told them about the offences he had been accused of.’
    • ‘Captured in Dumbarton castle in 1571 after Mary's cause had collapsed, he was accused of complicity in the murders of Darnley and of Moray, and hanged at Stirling.’
    • ‘Under the law, a person who has already committed a crime such as assault or breach of the peace can have an extra element added to their charge accusing them of committing an offence aggravated by religious hatred.’
    • ‘Phoenix ran from the room like a man guilty of the crimes he had been accused of.’
    • ‘He cannot overcome the problem of showing either that he is ‘charged’ or that he is accused of any ‘criminal offence’.’
    • ‘He only turns to crime for revenge when he is accused of the attempted murder of a policeman.’
    • ‘The prosecuting solicitor objected to bail on the basis that he was accused of an imprisonable offence and there were substantial grounds for believing he would abscond from the jurisdiction of the court.’
    • ‘A prosecutor in Nashville is accused of manipulating evidence to send a defendant to death row.’
    • ‘It is an effort to remember whether the subjects of Celebrity Justice were famous before being charged with something bad or they became notorious after they were accused of a crime.’
    • ‘Officers informed the man that he was accused of committing an offence after one of his victims complained of sexual abuse.’
    • ‘In a 460-page indictment they were accused of several counts of gross embezzlement, a punishable offence which could attract sentences of up to 10 years prison.’
    • ‘Due to his age, he could not be prosecuted for any of the crimes he was accused of committing.’
    charge with, indict for, arraign for, take to court for, put on trial for, bring to trial for, prosecute for
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    1. 1.1 Claim that (someone) has done something wrong.
      ‘he was accused of favouritism’
      • ‘It explained why other people were wrong without accusing them of malevolence.’
      • ‘‘We got a lot of stick, accusing us of picking the wrong horses, but the results speak for themselves,’ he beamed.’
      • ‘He claims that they accused him of being a fool and implied he was a knave who was guilty of dishonourable conduct.’
      • ‘The Minister claimed costs had soared by nearly 40 per cent but he was accused of changing accounting rules.’
      • ‘A company executive who made millions for a telephone service has won his claim for unfair dismissal after he was accused of not being a ‘team player’.’
      • ‘He was always tossing clubs and accusing me of getting yardages wrong.’
      • ‘You turned up late, and she is probably lost and now, you accuse me of giving you the wrong venue?’
      • ‘Some of these women come to the mission claiming that they had been accused of witchcraft.’
      • ‘I also had a Fiesta in the driveway and one of the men accused me of giving him the wrong keys.’
      • ‘Their defence will claim the secret information they were accused of gathering is freely available in books and on the Internet and that they were simply keen plane spotters at a public air show.’
      • ‘As well, the victim states that her two younger brothers often berate her, call her names and accuse her of falsely bringing the charge against their father, the offender.’
      • ‘The director accuses you of asking the wrong questions, not translating precisely enough.’
      • ‘It was wrong of me to accuse you of being like my last boyfriend.’
      • ‘The Independent Schools accused Edinburgh University of being unfair and claimed it was getting harder and harder for their pupils to get places.’
      • ‘They dismissed his claims, accusing him of trying to stir up racial tension for political advantage.’
      • ‘The NUT was accused of overreacting when it claimed that the deal would mean support staff taking classes.’
      • ‘An ice-cream vendor severely slashed a Bangkok dentist with a small sword after accusing him of pulling the wrong tooth, police said yesterday.’
      • ‘He accused her of getting her facts wrong and ‘contributing to the muddle’ over foot and mouth.’
      • ‘They weren't accusing me of doing anything wrong, but they didn't think I should have written about it.’
      • ‘She had felt his accusation, in his eyes, and she displayed so by exploding into a sudden rage on the sidewalk, ripping her hand from her side to point at him, accusing him of doing something wrong now.’
      blame for, hold responsible for, lay the blame on someone for, hold accountable for, hold answerable for, condemn for, criticize for, denounce for
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Middle English: from Old French acuser, from Latin accusare ‘call to account’, from ad- ‘towards’ + causa ‘reason, motive, lawsuit’.