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n. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge. A charge of criminal wrongdoing. 

Syn. - Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge. A formal charge made to a competent officer who has jurisdiction and made against one who has committed a crime or misdemeanor, so that he may be brought to justice and punishment. A formal charge of the commission of a crime by indictment, information or affidavit.

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