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English verb: accuse

1. accuse (communication) bring an accusation against; level a charge against

SamplesThe neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse.

Synonymscriminate, impeach, incriminate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge

Narrower (hyponym)arraign, charge, file, lodge, recriminate, reproach, upbraid

2. accuse (communication) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

SamplesHe charged the director with indifference.

ExamplesThey want to accuse the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)accuse, asperse, besmirch, blame, calumniate, criminate, defame, denigrate, fault, impeach, incriminate, indict, slander, smear, smirch, sully

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