accusation

Definitions

  • The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
    The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accusation an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"
    • n accusation a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch
    • Accusation 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 ."
    • Accusation The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. "We come not by the way of accusation To taint that honor every good tongue blesses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball
    • n accusation A charge of wrong-doing; a declaration of the commission of crime or error; imputation of guilt or blame.
    • n accusation That which is imputed as a crime or wrong; the specific guilt or error charged, as in a statement or indictment: as, what is the accusation against me? the accusation is murder.
    • n accusation The act of accusing or charging; crimination.
    • n accusation Synonyms Charge, impeachment, arraignment, indictment, crimination, imputation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Swan invented the light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison did. However, Swan didn't patent the idea and was widely accused of copying Edison who did patent the idea and was therefore recognized as its inventor. Swan continued to be denied recognition until some time later when it was shown that both light bulbs were produced using different processes. Edison and Swan later formed a joint company using the best of both technologies.
    • Accusation the act of accusing: the charge brought against any one
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Quotations

  • Charles I
    Charles I
    “Never make a defense or apology before you are accused.”
  • Henry James
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    “The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.”
  • Don Shula
    Don Shula
    “One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”
  • Sophocles
    Sophocles
    “There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man.”
  • King Charles I
    King Charles I
    “Never make a defense or apology before you be accused.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. acusation, F. accusation, L. accusatio, fr. accusare,. See Accuse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acuser—L. accusāread, to, causa, cause.

Usage

In literature:

Mrs. Weatherbee's intonations were decidedly accusing.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Then the house declared Fuller a notorious impostor, cheat, and false accuser.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
For an instant only the accused shrank back.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
And when the struggle was over they would bring him to her and she would have to stand forth as his accuser.
"The Price" by Francis Lynde
The English were accused of treachery, and not always wrongly accused, for good faith is rare among men.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
How can I defend myself till the accusation is made?
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Lange will turn his poisoned arrows against the queen, and the admirer will become her accuser.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Did he mistake when he accused Connolly of burning the vouchers?
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The Patricians in return accused him, as they had accused Sp.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
After this he accused the Spaniard of shooting at him.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
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In poetry:

Lord, search my soul, try every thought;
Though my own heart accuse me not
Of walking in a false disguise,
I beg the trial of thine eyes.
"Psalm 139 part 3" by Isaac Watts
The sad Apostles mourn Him slain,
Nor hope to see their Lord again;
Their Lord, Whom rebel thralls defy,
Arraign, accuse, and doom to die.
"The Day Draws On With Golden Light" by Augusta Treverorum
Then they accuse me of great blasphemie,
That I did thrust into the Deitie,
Who never thought that any robberie:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
Now is the hour of darkness past,
Christ has assum'd his reigning power;
Behold the great accuser cast
Down from the skies to rise no more.
"Hymn 58" by Isaac Watts
We are accused of terrorism
If we refuse current times
Where America the arrogant the mighty the rich
Became a sworn interpreter of Hebrew.
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
We are accused of terrorism:
if we wrote about the ruins of a homeland
torn, weak...
a homeland with no address
and an nation with no names
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

No one would accuse Jennifer Connelly of ping-ponging from trend to trend.
Onetime All-Star accused of failing to pay Caesars Palace $150,000.
Recently, a writer accused the Republicans of refusing to participate in a bipartisan approach to health-care reform.
COQUILLE, Ore.-- A Bandon man accused of making lewd videos of a young girl will have an easier time talking to his family this Thanksgiving.
Man accused of punching 3-year-old girl, banging her head.
Man accused of plotting to blow up Federal Reserve.
Hena Begum, a 14-year-old old Bangladeshi girl, was publicly flogged recently in Shariatpur, 35 miles outside of the capital, Dhaka after being accused of having an affair with her 40-year-old old married cousin.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Bangladeshi man accused of trying to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York City is a banker's son from a middle class neighborhood whose family members said Thursday that they were stunned by his arrest.
A River Oaks bank manager pleaded guilty Wednesday to a nearly decade-long scheme in which she is accused of stealing millions of dollars from her customers' accounts.
Oregon Lawmaker Accused of Diverting Money from A Defense Contractor to Bankroll GOP Candidates.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The meetings between Barcelona and Real Madrid had become less and less about football lately, dominated instead by sideshows centered on ugly accusations, red cards and infamous eye pokes.
Angelina Jolie goes on the run after she's accused of being a double agent.
49-year-old Gerald Fuentes made an initial appearance in court Thursday morning formally accused of kidnapping and auto theft.
After being accused of racism for referencing "light-skinned" and "coffee cream" girls on a song featuring Lil Wayne, the R&B singer is putting the issue on display with a limited edition women's tank top.
Man accused of trying to poison Benin president did not confess as prosecutor alleges.
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In science:

Now consider the case when the source node is accused by no more than t peers.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Nodes i and j accuse each other: Since any node that is not yet isolated can accuse at most t nodes, nodes i and j each may accuse at most t − 1 of the other n − 3 peers.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Since node j may accuse at most t − 1 of the t other peers that node i trusts, it follows that there exists at least one other peer that i and j both trust.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
The accused node, on receiving the challenge, responds by acknowledging it and sending a verify_behavior message to all of its neighbors.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
In (3), wi, ti are the weightage and the trust value respectively of a node belonging to the majority group of the neighbors of the accused node. W is a factor that depends on the size of the network.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
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