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Accuser

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Accu'ser. n.s. [from accuse.] He that brings a charge against another.

There are some persons forbidden to be accusers, on the score of their sex, as women; others, of their age, as pupils and infants; others, upon the account of some crimes committed by them; and others, on the score of some filthy lucre to propose to gain thereby; others, on the score of their conditions, as libertines against their patrons; and others, through a suspicion of calumny, as having once already given false evidence; and, lastly, others on account of their poverty, as not being worth more than fifty aurei. Ayliffe's Paragon.

— That good man, who drank the pois'nous draught,
With mind serene, and could not wish to see
His vile accuser drink as deep as he.
Dryd. Juv. Sat. xiii.

If the person accused maketh his innocence plainly to appear upon his trial, the accuser is immediately put to an ignominious death; and, out of his goods and lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed. Gulliver's Travels.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Dryden, John (788) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Accuser." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 1, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2099.


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