accusation

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Act of accusing
Nouns
1. (charge) accusation, charge, incrimination, inculpation; condemnation, denunciation, invective, implication, imputation, blame, reproach, recrimination; censure. Informal, finger-pointing; frame[-up], trumped-up charge. See disapprobation.
2. (legal charge) lawsuit, plaint, complaint, citation, allegation; indictment, arraignment, impeachment, true bill; libel, slander (See detraction).
3. (one who charges) accuser, accusant, complainant, plaintiff, complainant; prosecutor, the prosecution, district attorney, attorney general. Informal, DA.
4. (one charged) accused, defendant, respondent, co-respondent, libelee.
Verbs
1. (make a charge) accuse, charge; press, prefer, lay or bring charges, tax (with), incriminate; allege, impute; inculpate, blame, complain against or of, reproach, indict, arraign, impeach, implicate, cite; have something on. Informal, throw the book at. See lawsuit.
2. (tell on) denounce, inform (against), take to task, call to account, lay at one's door, give the lie (to); trump up a charge, bring false charges; tell on, tattle (on); cast the first stone. Slang, finger, put the finger on, point the finger (at), rat (on), squawk, redbait, frame.
Adjectives — accusing, accusatory; incriminatory, recriminatory, reproachful; imputative; incriminating, inculpatory.
Phrases — a bad workman blames his tools; it's the poor wot gets the blame; it's not how you win or lose, it's how you place the blame.
QuotationsJ'accuse (Émile Zola), He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (Bible).
Antonyms, See approbation, vindication.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of accusing]
Syn. arraignment, indictment, prosecution, accusal, impeachment, denunciation, incrimination, bringing of charges, finger-pointing*; see also blame 1 .
2. [A charge]
Syn. charge, indictment, allegation, imputation, denunciation, slur, expos?, complaint, citation, censure, insinuation, count, rap*, beef*, smear*, frame-up*.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
charge, *rap, blame, implication, indictment, insinuation, allegation, complaint, citation, smear, inculpation, recrimination.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A charging of someone with a misdeed: charge, denouncement, denunciation, imputation, incrimination. Law: indictment. See ATTACK, LAW, PRAISE.

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