First attested in the late 14th century. From Middle English accusacion, borrowed from Old French acusacion (French accusation), from Latin accūsātiō (“accusation, indictment”), from accūsō (“blame, accuse”). Doublet of accusatio. More at accuse. Equivalent to accuse + -ation
- The act of accusing.
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- We come not by the way of accusation / To taint that honour every good tongue blesses.
- (law) A formal charge brought against a person in a court of law.
- An allegation.
- ungrounded accusations
- a blind accusation
- repeated accusations
- an accusation of a crime
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accusation f (plural accusations)
- “accusation” in the Dictionnaire de l’Académie française, 8th Edition (1932–35).
- “accusation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
accusation (plural accusationes)