accusationac‧cu‧sa‧tion /ˌækjəˈzeɪʃən/ ●○○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 SCCACCUSEa statement saying that someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something wrongaccusation against 🔊 A number of serious accusations have been made against her. 🔊 The main accusation levelled against him was that he tried to avoid military service.accusation of 🔊 His administration now faces accusations of corruption.accusation that 🔊 The organizers of the march strongly denied government accusations that they intended to cause trouble. 🔊 Burton’s enemies had made false accusations against him. 🔊 She’s made all sorts of wild accusations against me in the past. 🔊 They fled the country, amid accusations of corruption.COLLOCATIONSverbsmake an accusationYou’ve made a lot of accusations but you haven’t got any evidence.bring an accusation against somebodyThe accusations against him were brought by two 18-year-old women.level an accusation against/at somebody (=bring an accusation against someone)As a result, some outrageous accusations were levelled at her.face an accusation (=have an accusation made about you)The police faced accusations of using excessive force.deny/dismiss an accusationThe government denied accusations of corruption.prove/support an accusationThere were very few facts to support the accusation against him.adjectivesseriousThese are very serious accusations indeed.falseThere were a lot of false accusations throughout the trial.unfounded/groundless (=not based on facts or reason)The accusation is totally unfounded.The embassy denied what it called groundless accusations about its involvement in the attack.outrageous (=shocking and extremely unfair )He was drunk and his accusations were becoming more and more outrageous.a wild accusation (=with no evidence to support it)She’s made all sorts of wild accusations about him, hasn’t she?bitter accusations (=angry)The dispute was marked by bitter accusations from both sides.repeated accusationsRepeated accusations of neglect were made against the authorities.renewed accusations (=made again, often in a more forceful way)The government faced renewed accusations of corruption.further accusationsThere were further accusations of incompetence.phrasesamid accusations of something (=surrounded by accusations)He fled the country amid accusations of fraud.THESAURUSaccusation a statement saying that you believe someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something badThe army has faced accusations of racism.allegation a public statement accusing someone of doing something although it has not been provedHe denied allegations that he received a bribe.Police are investigating allegations of corruption.charge an official statement by the police accusing someone of a crime and saying that they must go to court, or a statement saying that someone has done something bad, made by anyoneHe appeared in court on a murder charge.She denied the charge that the article had been misleading. indictment law especially American English an official written statement accusing someone of a crime so that they will be judged under the Americanlegal systemHe is under indictment for credit card fraud.