v. ac·cused, ac·cus·ing, ac·cus·es
1. To charge with a shortcoming or error.
2. To charge formally with a wrongdoing.
To make a charge of wrongdoing against another.
[Middle English acusen, ultimately (party via Old French acuser) from Latin accūsāre : ad-, ad- + causa, lawsuit; see CAUSE.]
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