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
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v blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

Synonyms:
charge
Types:
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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

v bring an accusation against; level a charge against

“The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse”
Synonyms:
criminate, impeach, incriminate
Types:
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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
Type of:
charge
blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

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