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To Accu'se. v.a. [accuso, Lat.]

  1. To charge with a crime. It requires the particle of before the subject of accusation.

    He stripp'd the bears-foot of its leafy growth;
    And, calling western winds, accus'd the spring of sloth.
    Dryden's Virgil, Georg. iv. l. 205.

    The professors are accused of all the ill practices which may seem to be the ill consequences of their principles. Add. on Italy.

  2. It sometimes admits the particle for.

    Never send up a leg of a fowl at supper, while there is a cat or dog in the house, that can be accused for running away with it: But, if there happen to be neither, you must lay it upon the rats, or a strange greyhound. Swift's Directions to the Cook.

  3. To blame or censure, in opposition to applause or justification.

    Their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. Rom. ii. 15.

    Your valour would your sloth too much accuse,
    And therefore, like themselves, they princes choose.
    Dryden's Tyrannick Love.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Romans (11) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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