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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: acuser, from Latin accusare 'to call someone to explain their actions', from ad- 'to' + causa 'lawsuit, cause'

accuse

verb
     
ac‧cuse W3 [transitive]
SCC to say that you believe someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something bad
accuse somebody of (doing) something
He was accused of murder.
Smith accused her of lying.
The professor stands accused of (=has been accused of) stealing his student's ideas and publishing them.
accuser noun [countable]
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