noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of accusing ; the state or fact of being accused 2. a charge of wrongdoing

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  • accusation — [ akyzasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1275; lat. accusatio 1 ♦ Action de signaler (qqn) comme coupable ou (qqch.) comme répréhensible. Accusations malveillantes, fausses. ⇒ calomnie, dénigrement, diffamation, médisance. Faire une accusation. « C est lui qui a… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • accusation — ac·cu·sa·tion /ˌa kyə zā shən/ n 1: a formal charge of wrongdoing, delinquency, or fault the accused shall enjoy the be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation U.S. Constitution amend. VI compare allegation …   Law dictionary

  • accusation — Accusation. s. f. v. Action en Justice, par laquelle on accuse quelqu un d un crime. Accusation calomnieuse. fausse accusation. accusation capitale. il y a contre luy vingt chefs d accusation. susciter une accusation. former une accusation …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Accusation — Ac cu*sa tion, n. [OF. acusation, F. accusation, L. accusatio, fr. accusare. See {Accuse}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. [1913 Webster] We come not by the way of accusation To taint… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accusation — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. acusacion or directly from L. accusationem (nom. accusatio), noun of action from pp. stem of accusare (see ACCUSE (Cf. accuse)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • accusation — [n] charge of wrongdoing, fault allegation, arraignment, attribution, beef*, blast*, bum rap*, censure, citation, complaint, denunciation, dido, exposé, gripe, impeachment, imputation, incrimination, indictment, insinuation, recrimination, roar* …   New thesaurus

  • accusation — ► NOUN ▪ a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong …   English terms dictionary

  • accusation — [ak΄yo͞o zā′shən, ak΄yəsā′shən] n. 1. an accusing or being accused 2. the crime or wrong of which a person is accused …   English World dictionary

  • accusation — n. 1) to bring, make an accusation against (he brought an accusation of theft against Smith; more usu. is: he accused Smith of theft) 2) to deny; refute an accusation 3) a damaging, grave; false, groundless, unfounded, unjust; sweeping accusation …   Combinatory dictionary

  • accusation — (a ku za sion ; en poésie, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Action en justice par laquelle on accuse quelqu un. Les chefs d accusation. Accusation d empoisonnement. Intenter une accusation contre quelqu un. Dresser une accusation. Par son éloquence,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • accusation — ac|cu|sa|tion [ˌækjuˈzeıʃən] n a statement saying that someone is guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong accusation against ▪ A number of serious accusations have been made against her. ▪ The main accusation levelled against him was that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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