|1.||The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense.|
|2.||That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge.|
|Noun||1.||accusation - a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt|
|2.||accusation - an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving"|
ACCUSATION, crim. law. A charge made to a competent officer against one who
has committed a crime or misdemeanor, so that he may be brought to justice
2. A neglect to accuse may in some cases be considered a misdemeanor, or misprision. (q.v.) 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 247; 2 Id. 389; Inst. lib. 4, tit. 18.
3. It is a rule that no man is bound to accuse himself, or to testify against himself in a criminal case. Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo. Vide Evidence; Interest; Witness.