Legal Definition of accuse
- to charge with a fault or crime (often foll. by of)
Definition of accuse
< Middle English < Old French acuser, French accuser < Latin accusare ("to call to account, accuse") < ad ("to") + causa ("cause, reason, account, lawsuit"). Compare cause.
to accuse (third-person singular simple present accuses, present participle accusing, simple past and past participle accused)
- (transitive) To find fault with, to blame, to censure.
* Epistle to the Romans 2:15,
Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another.
* Thomas Babington Macaulay,
We are accused of having persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms.
- (transitive) To charge with having committed a crime or offence.
For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.
* Acts of the Apostles 24:13,
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
- To accuse, charge, impeach, arraign: these words agree in bringing home to a person the imputation of wrongdoing.
- To accuse is a somewhat formal act, and is applied usually (though not exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason.
- Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with dishonesty or falsehood.
- To arraign is to bring (a person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign one before a court or at the bar public opinion.
- To impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in office; as, to impeach a minister of high crimes.
- Both impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness.
accuse (plural accuses)
- (obsolete) An accusation - Shakespeare
- accuse in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- accuse in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- accuse at OneLook Dictionary Search
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Translation of accuse in Malay
 Tuduh  Dakwa
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