ac·cuse vb ac·cused, ac·cus·ing [Latin accusare to find fault with, charge with a crime, from ad to, at + causa legal case, trial]vt: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process compare indictvi: to make or bring an accusationac·cus·er n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
accusare, arguere, attack, blame, bring a charge, bring accusation, bring in a true bill, charge with, citare, cite, complain against, criminate, denounce, expose, fix blame, impeach, implicate, incriminate, inculpate, indict, lodge a complaint, prefer charges, prosecute, report against
associated concepts: accusatory instrument
arraign, blame, book, complain (charge), complain (criticize), condemn (blame), contemn, defame, denigrate, denounce (inform against), fault, impeach, implicate, incriminate, indict, inform (betray), involve (implicate), lodge (bring a complaint), pillory, present (prefer charges), proscribe (denounce), rebuke, recriminate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To charge someone with a crime; to institute legal proceedings against a suspected criminal.n.accusation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
v.1 To make an accusation against.2 To prosecute.3 To formally institute a legal action against a person or corporation wherein they are charged with committing a crime.4 To judicially or publicly charge one with a criminal offense.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.