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Synonyms for accuse

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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, 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, point, burden, file, bill, tear, level, blame, load, bear down, criminate, commit, impeach, charge up, excite, lodge, send


  1. accuse(verb)

    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.

    For the U.S. President to be impeached, he must be accused of a high crime or misdemeanor.

    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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. accuse

    charge, incriminate, impeach, arraign, tax, taunt, censure, cite, summon, criminate

    defend, vindicate, discharge, acquit, absolve, condone, pardon, exonerate, release

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. accuse(v. a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. accuse(v)

    indict, charge, impeach, incriminate, arraign, criminate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "accuse":

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

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How to use accuse in a sentence?

  1. Elizabeth Warren:

    Mr. New York, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements ? So we can hear their side of the story ? none of them accuse me of doing anything other than -- maybe they didn't like a joke I told.

  2. Steve King:

    No, you're done, you crossed the line, it's not tolerable to accuse me to be associated with a guy that shot 11 people in Pittsburgh.

  3. Gary Nordlinger:

    While some people accuse him of being weak in international affairs, he hasn’t done anything truly stupid, they aren’t going to take Lincoln out of the Lincoln memorial to put him in there, but all in all, he’s been pretty darn successful.

  4. Tim McIntyre:

    This is ripe for the plaintiff’s bar to look for a statistically significant case of brand X, and accuse them of false information with calorie counts.

  5. Trump Jr.:

    It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent. My whole life I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty, but now you're guilty until proven innocent. That is a very, very difficult standard, you could be somebody that was perfect your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something.

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