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accuse

Definitions

  • The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
    The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v accuse bring an accusation against; level a charge against "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"
    • v accuse blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against "he charged the director with indifference"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch
    • n Accuse Accusation.
    • Accuse To betray; to show.
    • Accuse To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure. "Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another."
    • Accuse (Law) To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense "Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.""We are accused of having persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball
    • accuse To make an imputation against, as of a crime, fault, or error; charge with guilt or blame; affect with specific censure: used either absolutely or with of before the thing charged, and sometimes with for before the subject of censure: as, to accuse one of high crimes, or as an accomplice in crime; to accuse nature for our misfortunes.
    • accuse To indicate; evince; show; manifest; show signs of.
    • accuse Synonyms Accuse, Charge, Indict, Arraign, Impeach, Incriminate, criminate, inculpate, tax with, taunt with, impute to. Of these words charge is the most general, and may be the weakest, being used of any sort of imputation, large or small, against persons or things formally or informally, publicly or privately. Accuse commonly, though not invariably, expresses something more formal and grave than charge. Indict is a purely legal term, restricted to the action of a grand jury when it makes a formal complaint against a supposed offender, in order that he may be brought to trial. Arraign has primarily the same meaning with indict, but is freer in figurative use: as, to arraign a political party at the bar of public sentiment. Impeach is to bring to answer before some legislative body for wrong-doing in a public office, and has been so long associated with the peculiar dignity, solemnity, and impressiveness of such trials that it has been lifted into corresponding importance in its figurative uses. Incriminate is obsolescent except in the special meaning of involving another with one's self: as, in his confession he incriminated several persons hitherto unsuspected. To charge with a fault; to accuse of dishonesty; to indict for felony and arraign before the court; to impeach a magistrate or one's motives or veracity; to incriminate others with one's self in a confession of guilt.
    • n accuse Accusation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Swan invented the light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison did. However, Swan didn't patent the idea and was widely accused of copying Edison who did patent the idea and was therefore recognized as its inventor. Swan continued to be denied recognition until some time later when it was shown that both light bulbs were produced using different processes. Edison and Swan later formed a joint company using the best of both technologies.
    • v.t Accuse ak-kūz′ to bring a charge against: to blame (with of before the thing charged, sometimes for)
    • n Accuse (Shak.) accusation
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Quotations

  • Charles I
    Charles I
    “Never make a defense or apology before you are accused.”
  • Henry James
    Henry%20James
    “The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.”
  • Don Shula
    Don Shula
    “One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”
  • Sophocles
    Sophocles
    “There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel%20Eyquem%20De%20Montaigne
    “It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.”
  • Denis Diderot
    Denis%20Diderot
    “It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. acuser, F. accuser, L. accusare, to call to account, accuse; ad, + causa, cause, lawsuit. Cf. Cause
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acuser—L. accusāread, to, causa, cause.

Usage

In literature:

Why was he accusing his father?
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Women of the palace who hated Mariamne for her beauty, her high birth, and her pride, falsely accused her to Herod of gross unfaithfulness.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
To which charge and specification the accused, David B. Herold, G.A.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
In the matter of the burning of the notes his conscience did not accuse him.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
Compurgation was not used; accused persons were sent directly to the ordeal.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The Jacobins accused the Girondists of being enemies of the country.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Again she says, 'I silenced accusations by which my conduct might have been more fully justified.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
M. Vallet de Viriville, without proof, accuses him of treachery.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
In a firm voice he continued the list of accusations against the Croys, only to be cut short in his turn.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
The De Lacys accused him of disloyalty.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
The act for bringing persons accused of committing murder under the orders of government to England for trial is but temporary.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The northern barbarians are accused of an exterminating hostility to learning.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
We are never so angry as when conscience accuses us: and it was accusing him.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The accusation is one more likely to apply to his brother than to himself.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
As a general thing, there was sitting room on the tribunal for the assessors, the accusers and the accused.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
His brother and deputy was killed in a serious riot, and an accusation was laid against Menelaus before Antiochus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
Instead of accuser he had become the accused.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
If Theramenes accuses us, we do not accuse him.
"Callias" by Alfred John Church
Though the Bishop had summoned Bedford from France, Gloucester had now assumed the rA'le of accuser.
"Humphrey Duke of Gloucester" by K.H. Vickers
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In poetry:

Or had you once found my heart straying,
Then would not I accuse your change,
But being constant still
It needs must kill
One whose soule knowes not how to range.
"61" by Mary Wroth
Perhaps 'twas some misfortune's stunning blight,
Perhaps unmerited, though deep disgrace,
Or vision of a wronged accusing face
Pictured indelibly before the sight.
"The Suicide." by Alfred Castner King
We are accused of terrorism:
if we defended what we wrote
El azure of our sea
and the aroma of ink
if we defended the freedom of the word
and the holiness of books
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
Christ is our Advocate,— 'tis he alone
Can plead our cause, before th' Almighty's throne,
When Satan, ever our accusing foe,
Wou'd fain obtain our final overthrow.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
She bids the flattering mirror, form'd to please,
Now blast my hope, now vindicate despair;
Bids my fond verse the lovesick parley cease,
Accuse my rigid fate, acquit my fair.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
Mutual attention is implied,
And equal truth on either side,
And constantly supported;
‘Tis senseless arrogance to accuse
Another of sinister views,
Our own as much distorted.
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or his staff.
He is accused of beating the victim in the face and choking her.
Gerard Depardieu Accused of Assault and Battery After Scooter Incident in Paris.
A Casper man has changed his plea in a case where he's accused of pointing a gun at his son-in-law.
A father is accused of confronting some youngsters in St Louis Park with an assault weapon because he thought they had stolen candy from one of his children.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has denied numerous accusations of doping over the years.
Randle is accused of punching driver in face.
Iran accuses IAEA of passing nuclear secrets to Israel.
An east Alabama woman is accused of sodomizing a 14-year old girl.
The NDP accused the Conservatives of using a House of Commons committee to whitewash the auditor general's scathing indictment of the government's mammoth F-35 jet fighter procurement.
New accusations surface over campaign commercial in Neb.
New accusations surfaced over a campaign commercial in Nebraska's second district Congressional race.
The shrug is what Katz typically used whenever someone accused him of a conflict of interest.
(AP) — Two men accused of defrauding Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming are now accused of also defrauding a hospital in Indiana.
The accused (Kentucky Speedway officials) deserve to confront the accuser (me).
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In science:

Let us say that nodes i and j accuse(trust) each other if edge ij is marked f (g) in the diagnosis graph (see ).
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Since a fault-free node never accuses another fault-free node, a fault-free node can be accused by at most t other nodes.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
If a node is accused by more than t other nodes, this node is identified as faulty.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Nodes i and j accuse each other: Since any node that is not yet isolated can accuse at most t nodes, nodes i and j each may accuse at most t − 1 of the other n − 3 peers.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Since node j may accuse at most t − 1 of the t other peers that node i trusts, it follows that there exists at least one other peer that i and j both trust.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
The accused node, on receiving the challenge, responds by acknowledging it and sending a verify_behavior message to all of its neighbors.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
In (3), wi, ti are the weightage and the trust value respectively of a node belonging to the majority group of the neighbors of the accused node. W is a factor that depends on the size of the network.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
The reputation propagator module uses mobility of the nodes for propagating trust certificates. Whenever a new trust certificate is issued for a node, it is initially distributed to a subset of nodes that are at the nearest distance (1-hop) from the accused node in the network.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
Malicious behavior can be shown by the accused node, the accusing and the respondent nodes, or other nodes that do not participate in a particular challenge-response scenario.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
Since group consensus is majority based, the accused node needs to break in majority of its neighbors to modify the group trust.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
Deliberate wrong accusation by the accuser node: An accusing node may make a false accusation against an honest node. However, the attempt may not be successful unless the majority of the neighboring nodes are compromised.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
Introduction.—A source of random data that can be trusted to be truly random, and not just repeating a pre-determined, apparently random, sequence is a vital resource in many applications. A real-world scenario is online gambling, where accusations abound of sites rigging the deck, etc.
The effects of reduced "free will" on Bell-based randomness expansion
Once again, he is accusing me of saying something I did not say. I did not say different values are not “considered.” Of course they are.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Secondly, one has obviated the need for a flat potential (usually a requirement from a combination of sufficient inflation and small density fluctuations), and so might hope to avoid the fine-tuning problems that inflation is so commonly accused of possessing3 .
The End for Extended Inflation?
They also accuses me, falsely, of selecting unrepresentative data, and put forward a number of other criticisms, none of which are valid.
Comment on the Measurement of Cosmological Birefringence
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