a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
the specific offense charged:
The accusation is murder.
the act of or state of being .
Contemporary Examples

In addition to that accusation, Peres was for a long time viewed as a politician interested only in furthering his own position.
The Abba Eban Factor Brent E. Sasley December 3, 2012

No bruised feelings involved, no accusation of an -ism, and no conceivable way of salvaging the “brand.”
Our Insincere, Pointless Cult of Apology Michael Moynihan February 27, 2013

He avoids the accusation of inexperience he would have faced in giving the nod to Marco Rubio.
Why Romney Picked Paul Ryan Howard Kurtz August 10, 2012

Rather than let the accusation be covered up by other tweets and quotes, Obama surrogate David Axelrod fanned the flames.
Congressional Name-Calling, Incivility On the Rise Daniel Stone, Miranda Green June 10, 2012

But this accusation, dismissed by the Gray Lady, misses a key point: how incredibly juicy the scandal is.
David Cameron’s Flack Hack Scandal Howard Kurtz January 20, 2011

Historical Examples

He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

Her voice was level and vaguely dangerous as she answered his accusation.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

In this there was something that almost amounted to an accusation against the Squire.
Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope

There was accusation, denunciation, abhorrence in the cashier’s gaze.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser

He accused Madison of cheating Erskine and repeated the accusation.
A Short History of the United States Edward Channing

an allegation that a person is guilty of some fault, offence, or crime; imputation
a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed

late 14c., from Old French acusacion or directly from Latin accusationem (nominative accusatio), noun of action from past participle stem of accusare (see accuse).


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