One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An accusation, especially one made publicly in response to a perceived injustice; a public denunciation.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Critic. From French j'accuse ‘I accuse’, title of an open letter from Émile Zola to Félix Faure, President of France, published on 13 January 1898 by the newspaper L'Aurore, condemning the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus from je I + accuse, 1st sing. present of accuser.
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