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Synonyms for accuseəˈkyuz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accuse, impeach, incriminate, criminate(verb)

    bring an accusation against; level a charge against

    "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"

    incriminate, charge, criminate, accuse, inculpate, censure, impeach, imply, reprimand

  2. charge, accuse(verb)

    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

    "he charged the director with indifference"

    saddle, institutionalize, buck, shoot down, commove, turn on, shoot, appoint, institutionalise, agitate, incriminate, rouse, charge, consign, accuse, point, burden, file, bill, tear, level, blame, load, bear down, criminate, commit, impeach, charge up, excite, lodge, send


  1. accuse(noun)

    censure, criminate, blame, reproach

  2. accuse(verb)

    To find fault with, to blame, to censure.

    criminate, blame, censure, reproach

  3. accuse(verb)

    To charge with having committed a crime or offence.

    censure, criminate, blame, reproach

  4. accuse(verb)

    To make an accusation against someone.

    reproach, criminate, censure, blame

  5. accuse(verb)

    impeach, indict, charge, arraign

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. accuse

    Arraign is an official word; a person accused of crime is arraigned when he is formally called into court, the indictment read to him, and the demand made of him to plead guilty or not guilty; in more extended use, to arraign is to call in question for fault in any formal, public, or official way. One may charge another with any fault, great or trifling, privately or publicly, formally or informally. Accuse is stronger than charge, suggesting more of the formal and criminal; a person may charge a friend with unkindness or neglect; he may accuse a tramp of stealing. Censure carries the idea of fault, but not of crime; it may be private and individual, or public and official. A judge, a president, or other officer of high rank may be impeached before the appropriate tribunal for high crimes; the veracity of a witness may be impeached by damaging evidence. A person of the highest character may be summoned as defendant in a civil suit; or he may be cited to answer as administrator, etc. Indict and arraign apply strictly to criminal proceedings, and only an alleged criminal is indicted or arraigned. One is indicted by the grand jury, and arraigned before the appropriate court.

    arraign, censure, charge, cite, impeach, indict, prosecute, summon

    acquit, condone, discharge, excuse, exonerate, forgive, overlook, pardon, pardon, release, set free

    Arraign at the bar, before the tribunal, of or for a crime; on or upon an indictment.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. accuse(v. a.)

    charge, impeach, arraign, indict, criminate, inculpate, incriminate, tax, inform against, call to account, take to task

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

accuses, blame, accusing, acknowledge, reproach, accused, charge, accusation

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