Ac·cuse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accused p. pr. & vb. n. Accusing.]
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. [R.] --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.
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.
n : a defendant in a criminal proceeding