charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.:
the accused boy.
a person or persons charged in a court of law with a crime, offense, etc. (often preceded by the).
(law) the accused, the defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge
“person charged with a crime,” 1590s, from past participle of accuse (v.).
a person who , especially in a court of law: a trial in which the accuser and accused may freely speak. Contemporary Examples accuser No. 3, a stocky brunette with what appeared to be a permanently knitted brow, said he first met Sandusky in 1999. Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Three: The Defense Gets Steamrolled Diane […]
to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder. to find fault with; blame. to make an . Contemporary Examples Black gays, in turn, are accusing their white gay peers of viscous racism. Gays and Blacks (and Gay Blacks) Go to War The Daily Beast November 5, […]
to charge with the fault, offense, or crime (usually followed by of): He accused him of murder. to find fault with; blame. to make an . Historical Examples She rose up in alarm, but something in his smile made her sit down and eye him accusingly. Wunpost Dane Coolidge Brother,” the parson answered, accusingly, “it […]
customary; usual; habitual: in their accustomed manner. habituated; acclimated (usually followed by to): accustomed to staying up late; accustomed to the noise of the subway. to familiarize by custom or use; habituate: to accustom oneself to cold weather. Contemporary Examples There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and […]