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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt;
[syn: accusation, accusal]

2. an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence;
- Example: "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
[syn: accusation, charge]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Accusation \Ac`cu*sa"tion\, n. [OF. acusation, F. accusation, L. accusatio, fr. accusare. See Accuse.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. [1913 Webster] We come not by the way of accusation To taint that honor every good tongue blesses. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge. [1913 Webster] [They] set up over his head his accusation. --Matt. xxvii. 37. [1913 Webster] Syn: Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

accusation n 1: a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt [syn: accusation, accusal] 2: an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving" [syn: accusation, charge]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ACCUSATION, crim. law. A charge made to a competent officer against one who has committed a crime or misdemeanor, so that he may be brought to justice and punishment. 2. A neglect to accuse may in some cases be considered a misdemeanor, or misprision. (q.v.) 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 247; 2 Id. 389; Inst. lib. 4, tit. 18. 3. It is a rule that no man is bound to accuse himself, or to testify against himself in a criminal case. Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo. Vide Evidence; Interest; Witness.