accuse

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accuse someone of something

to charge someone with a crime, a violation of rules or instructions, or doing something wrong. Please don't accuse me of forgetting to lock the door.
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He who excuses himself accuses himself.

Prov. By apologizing for something, you admit that you did it. Maybe I should tell my boss I'm sorry for breaking the copy machine. On the other hand, he who excuses himself accuses himself.
See also: accuse, excuse, he, himself, who
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Ah, remember that, until further evidence, I now accuse nobody.
I don't accuse you--I won't accuse anybody--only," he added, lifting up his hands to his head, and turning away with bewildered misery, "I try--I try to think where my guineas can be.
Therefore, do not let our princes accuse fortune for the loss of their principalities after so many years' possession, but rather their own sloth, because in quiet times they never thought there could be a change (it is a common defect in man not to make any provision in the calm against the tempest), and when afterwards the bad times came they thought of flight and not of defending themselves, and they hoped that the people, disgusted with the insolence of the conquerors, would recall them.
I will go straight to the facts, sire; and I accuse a certain man of having injured me in your majesty's opinion.
I accuse myself of sloth and unprofitableness day by day; but when these waves of God flow into me I no longer reckon lost time.
With such a smile then, and with a voice sweet as the evening breeze of Boreas in the pleasant month of November, Mrs Bridget gently reproved the curiosity of Mrs Deborah; a vice with which it seems the latter was too much tainted, and which the former inveighed against with great bitterness, adding, "That, among all her faults, she thanked Heaven her enemies could not accuse her of prying into the affairs of other people.
Here, however, she thought she might have launched forth with safety; and the sagacious reader will not perhaps accuse her of want of sufficient forecast in so doing, but will rather admire with what wonderful celerity she tacked about, when she found herself steering a wrong course.
Police station Bhara Kau arrested accuses Muhammad Ghulam and recovered 43 wine bottles from him.
Jurors had to affirm the following oath at the beginning of an assize court trial: "You swear and promise, before God and man, to examine with the most scrupulous attention the charges brought against [the accused]; to betray neither the interests of the accused, nor those of the society that accuses him; to communicate with nobody until after your verdict; to heed neither hate nor meanness, neither fear nor affection; following your conscience and your inner conviction, with the impartiality and the firmness that are appropriate to a free and honest man.
Jerusalem--Israel has perfected a missile with a long enough range to target Iran, which it accuses of being a threat to the world.