accuse

If you charge someone with misdeeds or misconduct, you accuse that person. If the last piece of devil's food cake is missing, your sister may accuse you of eating it — especially if you have chocolate on your mouth.

The verb accuse comes from the Latin word accusare, which itself is formed from the roots ad, meaning toward, and causa, reason or lawsuit. "Cause," "excuse," and even "ruse" are all from that same root word. Today, if you're accused of a crime, you may still be headed toward a lawsuit. However, to accuse someone of a crime doesn't necessarily make them guilty — plenty of people have been falsely accused.

Definitions of accuse
  1. verb
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
    synonyms: charge
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    blame, fault
    put or pin the blame on
    criminate, impeach, incriminate
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully
    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
    indict
    accuse formally of a crime
    reproach, upbraid
    express criticism towards
    arraign
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    recriminate
    return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
    assassinate
    destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation
    libel
    print slanderous statements against
    badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce
    speak unfavorably about
    charge, file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
  2. verb
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    “The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse”
    synonyms: criminate, impeach, incriminate
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    reproach, upbraid
    express criticism towards
    arraign
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    recriminate
    return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
    charge, file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
    impeach
    charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
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    charge
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
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