accusation

When you say someone is guilty of doing something wrong you make an accusation, like your accusation that your brother used your computer without asking first.

Accusation comes from the verb accuse, which means to charge someone with a crime. It is important to remember that an accusation comes about when someone thinks another person has done something wrong or committed a crime. It doesn't mean, however, that the person is guilty. There needs to be proof — an investigation or trial, even admission of guilt — before a conviction, meaning the person really is guilty.

DEFINITIONS OF: accusation

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n an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence

Synonyms:
charge
Types:
countercharge
a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
Type of:
assertion, asseveration, averment
a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

n a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

Synonyms:
accusal
Types:
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self-accusation, self-condemnation
an admission that you have failed to do or be something you know you should do or be
recrimination
mutual accusations
allegation
(law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
blame game
accusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept sole responsibility for some undesirable event
imprecation
a slanderous accusation
imputation
a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense)
indictment
an accusation of wrongdoing
information
formal accusation of a crime
preferment
the act of making accusations
blame, incrimination, inculpation
an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed
implication
an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
grievance
an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice
lodgement, lodgment
bringing a charge or accusation against someone
plaint
(United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to be redressed
finger-pointing, fingerpointing
the imputation of blame
unspoken accusation, veiled accusation
an accusation that is understood without needing to be spoken
innuendo, insinuation
an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
self-incrimination
an accusation that incriminates yourself
Type of:
charge, complaint
(criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
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