Verb accuse Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accuse (third-person singular simple present accuses, present participle accusing, simple past and past participle accused)

  1. (transitive) To find fault with, to blame, to censure.
  2. (transitive) To charge with having committed a crime or offence.
  3. (intransitive) To make an accusation against someone.

More definition: charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of), He accused him of murder. find fault with; blame. make an accusation.

1. to charge (a person or persons) with some fault, offence, crime, etc; impute guilt or blame Derived Formsaccuser, nounaccusing, adjectiveaccusingly, adverb Word OriginC13, via Old French from Latin accūsāre to call to account, from ad- to + causa lawsuitCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


It had provided the opportunity for him to accuse her of being unfaithful.

His gaze narrowed, as if about to accuse her of lying.

I didn't accuse anyone.

I told Miss Worthington I wasn't one to accuse, but I didn't argue with her none, neither.

He was tribune elect in 63, and it had been arranged that, after entering upon his office, he should publicly accuse Cicero of responsibility for the impending war.

Several ancient writers accuse him of intentional untruthfulness.

Your actions alone accuse you.

This is simply another form of trade, so some might accuse me of double counting some of my forty-three reasons war will end.

It lies in the fact that an historic character like Alexander I, standing on the highest possible pinnacle of human power with the blinding light of history focused upon him; a character exposed to those strongest of all influences: the intrigues, flattery, and self-deception inseparable from power; a character who at every moment of his life felt a responsibility for all that was happening in Europe; and not a fictitious but a live character who like every man had his personal habits, passions, and impulses toward goodness, beauty, and truth--that this character--though not lacking in virtue (the historians do not accuse him of that)--had not the same conception of the welfare of humanity fifty years ago as a present-day professor who from his youth upwards has been occupied with learning: that is, with books and lectures and with taking notes from them.

Learn More about accuse

List of Verbs that Start with A-Z

List of Verbs that End with A-Z

List of Verbs by Length

3 letters4 letters5 letters6 letters7 letters8 letters9 letters10 letters11 letters12 letters