Meaning of “accusation” in the English Dictionary

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"accusation" in British English

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accusationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌæk.jəˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌæk.jəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

C1 a statement saying that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind, or the fact of accusing someone:

You can't just make wild accusations like that!
He glared at me with an air of accusation.
[ + that ] What do you say to the accusation that you are unfriendly and unhelpful?

More examples

  • The accusation of elitism seems unfair as the festival presents a wide range of music, with something to please everyone.
  • He felt a sense of incredulity, anger and pain at the accusation made against him.
  • There isn't a shred of evidence to support her accusation.
  • His response to the accusation was rapid.
  • A spokesman for the Palace has denied the accusation.

(Definition of “accusation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)