accuser

Definitions

  • The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
    The king stands accused in Westminster Hall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accuser someone who imputes guilt or blame
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch
    • n Accuser One who accuses; one who brings a charge of crime or fault.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball
    • n accuser One who accuses or blames; specifically, a person who formally accuses another of an offense before a magistrate or a tribunal of any kind.
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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.
    • Accuser one who accuses or brings a charge against another
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Quotations

  • 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.”
  • Gabriel Meurier
    Gabriel Meurier
    “He who excuses himself, accuses himself.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.”
  • Denis Diderot
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    “It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. acuser, accusour,; cf. OF. acuseor, fr. L. accusator, fr. accusare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acuser—L. accusāread, to, causa, cause.

Usage

In literature:

Was Lord Mount Severn right, when he accused her of dressing so in self-gratification?
"East Lynne" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Do you know that you are accusing a man of a horrible crime?
"Within an Inch of His Life" by Emile Gaboriau
Nothing can be better; an accused person is innocent till he is proved guilty; we cannot be too much impressed with that indulgent maxim.
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
Then she accused us, to-day we will accuse her, and God and His host of saints and angels are with us.
"Henry VIII And His Court" by Louise Muhlbach
I could accuse and betray him as he has accused and betrayed me.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
To be alone, that she might cry and ease her heart of its accusing weight of tears, was all she prayed for.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
An accusation of coarseness cannot touch us.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
She did not affect the feminine simplicity which can so prettily misunderstand and put by an implied accusation of that nature.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
None could accuse him of personal ambition.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Her still fresh convent-conscience accused her of it pitilessly.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
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In poetry:

Self-denial!--through whose feeling
We are gainer though we're loser;
All the finer force revealing
Of our natures. No accuser
Is the conscience then, but healing
Of the wound of which we're chooser.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
And yet, in spite of this, there are
Some persons who, at diff'rent times,
--(Because I am so popular)--
accuse me of most awful crimes;
A girl once said I was a flirt!
Oh my! how the expression hurt!
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
I know that I was much abused,
No doubt when I was young and rash,
But I should not have been accused
Of misappropriating cash.
I may have sneaked a silver dish;--
Well, you may search me if you wish!
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
Yet none could say of wrong he did,
And scorn was ever standing bye;
Accusers by their conscience chid,
When proof was sought, made no reply.
Yet without sin he suffered more
Than ever sinners did before.
"The Stranger" by John Clare
List, oh list the sweet-lipped Sages.
I hear the Song of world-wide compass sung.
I hear the Prophet's tongue
Come sounding down the ages:
Kings and their scattered levies fly
The accusing angel of his eye.
"Fancy" by Thomas Aird
For by forged letters he tried to accuse Parnell
For the Phoenix Park murders, but mark what befell.
When his conscience smote him he confessed to the fraud,
And the thought thereof no doubt drove him mad.
"Richard Pigott, the Forger" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Chrishaun McDonald is accused of fatally stabbing Dean Schmitz in an incident, June 5, 2011.
Two suspects accused in the recent fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Ryan Williams at Atwater's Almond Tree restaurant pleaded not guilty to murder charges this week in Merced County Superior Court.
B'nai B'rith Deeply Troubled by Bolivia's hosting of Iranian Official Accused of Planning the Amia Bombing.
A Virginia man accused in an alleged bomb plot against the US Capitol pleaded guilty in an Alexandria courtroom on Friday.
US hate-crime law applies to Amish sect leader, accused beard-cutter.
Two Juneau residents have been accused of stealing at least $50,000 from their former employer, Airport Mini Mall and Apartments.
NEW YORK (AP) — 7-Up with antioxidants will soon be off the market, after an advocacy group accused the drink maker of making misleading health claims.
Steve Jobs on Thursday fired back at Adobe, denying that Apple eschewed Flash on the iPad to protect its App Store, and instead accusing Adobe of living in the past and not innovating to keep up with the mobile Web.
In the 1990s, the US government accused Microsoft Corp.
A French company has filed an additional antitrust complaint against Google, accusing the search giant of abusing its dominant position in online search.
Suit accused smokeless tobacco maker of trying to monopolize market.
A NYPD officer says he was just trying to appease his accuser when he admitted to having sex with her.
The top Republican in the House of Representatives accused PhRMA of appeasing the Obama Administration, which he cast as a bully who asks for your lunch.
Dr Mehmet Oz came out strong with a warning for parents that the juice was dangerous for kids to drink ABC's Dr Richard Besser accused Oz of fear mongering.
Romney accuses Obama of sympathizing with attackers who killed US ambassador and three others.
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In science:

In particular, they are likely to accuse Sider’s position (and mine) of this.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Let us say that nodes i and j accuse(trust) each other if edge ij is marked f (g) in the diagnosis graph (see ).
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
Since a fault-free node never accuses another fault-free node, a fault-free node can be accused by at most t other nodes.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
If a node is accused by more than t other nodes, this node is identified as faulty.
Short Note on Complexity of Multi-Value Byzantine Agreement
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
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