To charge with or declare to possess committed a criminal activity or offense
- blame for, claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
- bring an accusation against; degree a charge against
- To charge with, or declare having dedicated, a crime or offense
- to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; -- with of; because, to accuse certainly one of increased crime or misdemeanor.
- To charge with a fault; the culprit; to censure.
- To betray; to demonstrate. [L.]
c.1300, "fee (with an offense, etc.), impugn, fault," from Old French acuser "to accuse, indict, reproach, blame" (13c.), earlier "announce, report, disclose" (12c.), or straight from Latin accusare "to phone to account," from ad- "against" (see ad-) + causari "give as a cause or motive," from causa "reason" (see cause (letter.)). Relevant: Accused; accusing; accusingly.
- (v. t.) To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense
- (v. t.) to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; -- with of; as, to accuse among a high criminal activity or misdemeanor.
- (v. t.) To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.
- (v. t.) To betray; to demonstrate. [L.]
He shall pardon his wrongdoers, love his enemies, pray for them that calumniate and accuse him, offer the other cheek to the smiter, give up his mantle to him that takes his tunic, neither judge nor condemn.