Definition of accusation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌækjuˈzeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌækjuˈzeɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable]
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a statement saying that you think a person is guilty of doing something wrong, especially of committing a crime; the fact of accusing somebody I don't want to make an accusation until I have some proof. There was a hint of accusation in her voice. accusation of something accusations of corruption/cruelty/racism accusation against somebody No one believed her wild accusations against her husband. accusation that… He denied the accusation that he had ignored the problems. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin accusatio(n-), from accusare ‘call to account’, from ad- ‘towards’ + causa ‘reason, motive, lawsuit’.Word Familyaccuse verbaccusation nounaccusing adjectiveaccusatory adjectiveaccused nounExtra examples He was forced to defend himself against accusations of plagiarism. New evidence has emerged which supports the accusation against her. She made a lot of thinly veiled accusations. She rejected all the accusations brought against her. Their father now faces an accusation of murder. There seem to be a lot of wild accusations flying around. They have the nerve to level these accusations against one of our most respected members. They sank into mutual accusation and incrimination. You made a public accusation of misconduct against Nigel. an accusation frequently levelled at junior doctors I don’t want to make an accusation until I have some proof. They fled the country amid accusations of fraud.
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