accusatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj accusatory containing or expressing accusation "an accusitive forefinger","black accusatory looks","accusive shoes and telltale trousers"- O.Henry","his accusing glare"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Accusatory Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation; as, an accusatory libel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accusatory Accusing; containing an accusation: as, an accusatory libel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Accusatory containing accusation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. accusatorius, fr. accusare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acuser—L. accusāread, to, causa, cause.

Usage

In literature:

But the words entered Tess with accusatory horror.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
Admiration was of itself almost accusatory, but nothing less would serve to show her how nearly he understood.
"The Ambassadors" by Henry James
When she did speak her voice was cold and hard and accusatory.
"Peg O' My Heart" by J. Hartley Manners
When she had driven home, Violetta found Barto Rizzo's accusatory paper laid on her writing-desk.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
And Farr, stealing side glances at him, was more self-accusatory, more abashed.
"The Landloper" by Holman Day
Having signed the delivery-book Vera stood staring at the accusatory package.
"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Miss Thankful dropped her accusatory tone, and attempted cajolery.
"The Mayor's Wife" by Anna Katherine Green
It was accusatory, menacing.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Those words had now become short, sharp, and accusatory.
"The House in the Mist" by Anna Katharine Green
Biddy got up at this, as if the accusatory tone prompted her to place herself generously at his side.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
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In news:

Wiza's Letter in Response to Accusatory Web Site.
I'm staring at the accusatory little blinking cursor, and I'm blank.
The moves would follow an accusatory mandate last month.
The fourth career Sprint Cup race of Danica Patrick's career will be remembered for her accusatory index finger.
Prosecutors for the first time took a more accusatory tone Monday in Jonathan Rowles' juvenile manslaughter case, saying the teen was "well aware" that aiming a loaded rifle at his mother could lead to her death.
"As an effective took as this might be (referring to releasing photos of suspects), it has to be approached in an investigative fashion and not an accusatory fashion," Torrisi said.
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In science:

The first and more accusatory part is that Bayesians can (and sometimes do) manipulate the results of their analyses by picking convenient priors.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
It is, therefore, hardly surprising that Sokal points an accusatory finger at Pope John Paul II, described by Sokal as the head of a “ma jor pseudoscientific cult, Catholicism” .
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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