act of accusing or charging another with a crime
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Accusation is the act of accusing or charging another with a crime or with a lighter offense, or with fault or blame for some act to be condemned.
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- To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible!
- Zoë Akins, Déclassé (1919), Act I.
- ACCUSE, v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.
- Al Capone The Bootleggers.
- It is not uncommon for ignorant and corrupt men to falsely charge others with doing what they imagine that they themselves, in their narrow minds and experience, would have done under the circumstances of a given case, and the surest check, often the only check, on such perjury, is to recognize the impossibility that men of larger instruction and resources and experience could have been guilty of such conduct.
- John Hessin Clarke, Valdez v. United States, 244 U.S. 432, 450 (1917) (dissenting).
- Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.
- Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia (1732).
- Trust me, no tortures which the poets feign,
Can match the fierce, the unutterable pain
He feels, who night and day, devoid of rest,
Carries his own accuser in his breast.
- Juvenal, reported in William Gifford, The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis (1806), p. 408.
- When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing to himself.
- Louis Nizer, My Life in Court (1961), p. 115.
- Let your accusations be few in number, even if they be just.
- Pope Sixtus I, The Ring (c. 120).
- Believe not each accusing tongue,
As most weak persons do;
But still believe that story wrong,
Which ought not to be true!
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, reported in Nicholas Harris Nicolas, The Carcanet: a Literary Album, Containing Select Passages from the Most Distinguished English Writers (1828), p. 132.
- Don't accuse anyone else.
- Vincent van Gogh, in statement to police before he died, as quoted in "The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh" on 60 Minutes (16 October 2011), referring to evidence that Van Gogh had not committed suicide, presented in Van Gogh: The Life (2011) by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
- Qui s'excuse s'accuse.
- Who apologizes, accuses himself.
- Quoted by Wood, V.-C, Tichborne v. Tichborne (1867), 15 W. R. 1074; by Lord Bramwell, Derry v. Peek (1889), L. R. 14 Ap. Ca. 347.