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accused


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Accused  \Ac*cused"\,  a. 
  Charged  with  offense;  as  an  accused  person. 
 
  Note:  Commonly  used  substantively;  as  the  accused,  one 
  charged  with  an  offense;  the  defendant  in  a  criminal 
  case. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Accuse  \Ac*cuse"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Accused};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Accusing}.]  [OF.  acuser,  F.  accuser,  L.  accusare  to  call 
  to  account,  accuse;  ad  +  causa  cause  lawsuit.  Cf  {Cause}.] 
  1.  To  charge  with  or  declare  to  have  committed,  a  crime  or 
  offense;  (Law)  to  charge  with  an  offense,  judicially  or  by 
  a  public  process;  --  with  of  as  to  accuse  one  of  a  high 
  crime  or  misdemeanor. 
 
  Neither  can  they  prove  the  things  whereof  they  now 
  accuse  me  --Acts  xxiv. 
  13. 
 
  We  are  accused  of  having  persuaded  Austria  and 
  Sardinia  to  lay  down  their  arms.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  To  charge  with  a  fault;  to  blame;  to  censure. 
 
  Their  thoughts  the  meanwhile  accusing  or  else 
  excusing  one  another.  --Rom.  ii  15. 
 
  3.  To  betray;  to  show  [L.]  --Sir  P. 
  Sidney. 
 
  Syn:  To  charge;  blame;  censure;  reproach;  criminate;  indict; 
  impeach;  arraign. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Accuse},  {Charge},  {Impeach},  {Arraign}.  These 
  words  agree  in  bringing  home  to  a  person  the 
  imputation  of  wrongdoing.  To  accuse  is  a  somewhat 
  formal  act  and  is  applied  usually  (though  not 
  exclusively)  to  crimes;  as  to  accuse  of  treason. 
  Charge  is  the  most  generic.  It  may  refer  to  a  crime,  a 
  dereliction  of  duty,  a  fault,  etc.;  more  commonly  it 
  refers  to  moral  delinquencies;  as  to  charge  with 
  dishonesty  or  falsehood.  To  arraign  is  to  bring  (a 
  person)  before  a  tribunal  for  trial;  as  to  arraign 
  one  before  a  court  or  at  the  bar  public  opinion.  To 
  impeach  is  officially  to  charge  with  misbehavior  in 
  office;  as  to  impeach  a  minister  of  high  crimes.  Both 
  impeach  and  arraign  convey  the  idea  of  peculiar 
  dignity  or  impressiveness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  accused 
  n  :  a  person  against  whom  an  action  is  brought  in  a  court  of  law 
  [syn:  {defendant},  {suspect}]  [ant:  {plaintiff}] 




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