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Definition of the noun accuse

What does accuse mean as a name of something?


  1. [obsolete] An accusation - Shakespeare

Definition of the verb accuse

What does accuse mean as a doing word?

Accuse is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: accused | accusing | accuses

  1. bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    • example: The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] of [Predicate, object control with -ing]I suspected him of lying
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] of [Predicate, not sentential clause]I suspected him of infidelity
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I suspected his philandering

      Suspect Verbs (with the same syntax): condemn, suspect.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of accuse: criminate / impeach / incriminate
    • more generic word: charge = blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
    • more specific words:
  2. blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

Alternative definition of the verb accuse


  1. [transitive] To find fault with, to blame, to censure.
  2. [transitive] To charge with having committed a crime or offence.

Phrases with accuse

  1. J'accuse
  2. to accuse

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for accuse

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Google previewPerspectives on Ontology Learning (2014)

by J. Lehmann, J. Völker

To do that, the target word “evoking” the frame is first identified (in the example, the verb accuse is a candidate target word...

Google previewVerbal Ability And Reading Comprehension For The Cat And Other Mba Entrance Examinations (With Cd) (2010)

by Time

Accuse is a synonym of arraign.

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

besides its more ordinary meaning, “to insult, treat abusively, despitefully,” Luke 6:28, has the forensic significance “to accuse falsely,” and is used with this meaning in 1 Pet. 3:16, RV, “revile.” See Despitefully, Revile.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1887)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

The expression " to accuse" is used to denote the bringing a charge against one before some court or officer ; and the person thus charged is often referred to as the •• accused." * ACCUSTOMED. — Where a deed conveyed a water privilege ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

character stain 126 chatter in childish way character stain blot, stigma charcoal carbon charcoal-burner collier chard beet charge accusation, accuse, allegation, allege, amount, arraign, ascribe, assault, attack, betray, bid, blame, burden, care, ...

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If you do not accuse each other, God will not accuse you. If you have no accuser you will enter heaven. What many people call sin is not sin; I do many things to break down superstition, and I will break it down. (Joseph Smith, Jr.)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3U1S1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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