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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a defendant in a criminal proceeding