ac·cu·sa·tion /ˌa-kyə-'zā-shən/ n
1: a formal charge of wrongdoing, delinquency, or fault
the accused shall enjoy the be informed of the nature and cause of the accusationU.S. Constitution amend. VI compare allegation, indictment, information
2: the offense or fault of which one is accused
the accusation was murder

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun accusal, accusatio, allegation, ascription, assertion, attribution, bill of indictment, charge, citation, crimen, criminatio, crimination, delation, filing of charges, formal charge, imputation, imputation of blame, incrimination, inculpation, indictment, information, preferring of charges, true bill, true charge associated concepts: accusatory instrument, complaint, grand jury report, indictment, information, presentment, warrant foreign phrases:
- Accusare nemo se debet, nisi coram deo. — No one is bound to accuse himself, except before God.
II index arraignment, blame (culpability), claim (legal demand), complaint, condemnation (blame), count, criticism, denunciation, diatribe, disparagement, impeachment, incrimination, inculpation, indictment, information (charge), innuendo, libel, objurgation, obloquy, onus (blame), outcry, pleading, presentment, reproach, slander, stricture

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A formal assertion, by a prosecuting attorney, that a defendant has committed an illegal act.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 A formal charge of criminal wrongdoing against a person or corporation.
2 An informal charge that one has committed an illegal, immoral, or otherwise wrongful act.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A formal criminal charge against a person alleged to have committed an offense punishable by law, which is presented before a court or a magistrate having jurisdiction to inquire into the alleged crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A formal criminal charge against a person alleged to have committed an offense punishable by law, which is presented before a court or a magistrate having jurisdiction to inquire into the alleged crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) in legal terms accusation means officially charging someone with a crime either by indictment by a Grand Jury or filing charges by a District Attorney.
   2) in lay terms any claim of wrongdoing by another person.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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