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vb. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense; (Law) to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; - with of; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure. It may be informal, as in a conversation, or formal, as by way of an indictment, information, or complaint. To betray; to show. 


Syn. - To charge; blame; censure; reproach; criminate; indict; impeach; arraign. - To Accuse, Charge, Impeach, Arraign. These words agree in bringing home to a person the imputation of wrongdoing. To accuse is a somewhat formal act, and is applied usually (though not exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason. Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with dishonesty or falsehood. To arraign is to bring (a person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign one before a court or at the bar public opinion. To impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in office; as, to impeach a minister of high ...

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