[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.]
1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a
We come not by the way of accusation
To taint that honor every good tongue blesses.
2. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or
crime, or the declaration containing the charge.
[They] set up over his head his accusation. --Matt.
Syn: Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the
act of imputing blame or guilt [syn: accusation,
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
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.
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.