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accuse

ac·cuse

accuse

 
pronunciation:
kyuz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: accused, accuses, accusing
definition: to charge with a crime or wrongdoing.
He was caught by the police and accused of murder.His sister accused him of reading her diary.
 
synonyms:
blame, charge, criminate, denounce, fault, incriminate, inculpate, reprehend, reprove, tax
antonyms:
absolve, exculpate, exonerate
similar words:
allege, arraign, defame, frame, impeach, implicate, impugn, impute, indict, libel, malign, rebuke, recriminate, reproach, slander, sue, upbraid, vilify
derivations: accusingly (adv.), accuser (n.)
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The word accuse contains the following part:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.