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ACCORDANCY Ac*cordan*cy, n. Defn: Accordance. [R.] Paley.


ACCORDANT Ac*cordant, a. Etym: [OF. acordant, F. accordant.] Defn: Agreeing; consonant; harmonious; corresponding; conformable; -- followed by with or to. Strictly accordant with true morality. Darwin. And now his voice accordant to the string. Coldsmith.


ACCORDANTLY Ac*cordant*ly, adv. Defn: In accordance or agreement; agreeably; conformably; -- followed by with or to.


ACCORDER Ac*corder, n. Defn: One who accords, assents, or concedes. [R.]


ACCORDING Ac*cording, p. a. Defn: Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. This according voice of national wisdom. Burke. Mind and soul according well. Tennyson. According to him, every person was to be bought. Macaulay. Our zeal should be according to knowledge. Sprat. Note: According to has been called a prepositional phrase, but strictly speaking, according is a participle in the sense of agreeing, acceding, and to alone is the preposition. According as, precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which. According as is an adverbial phrase, of which the propriety has been doubted; but good usage sanctions it. See According, adv. Is all things well, According as I gave directions Shak. The land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised. Ex. xii. 25. p. 13


ACCORDING Ac*cording, adv. Defn: Accordingly; correspondingly. [Obs.] Shak.


ACCORDINGLY Ac*cording*ly, adv. 1. Agreeably; correspondingly; suitably; in a manner conformable. Behold, and so proceed accordingly. Shak. 2. In natural sequence; consequently; so. Syn. -- Consequently; therefore; wherefore; hence; so. -- Accordingly, Consequently, indicate a connection between two things, the latter of which is done on account of the former. Accordingly marks the connection as one of simple accordance or congruity, leading naturally to the result which followed; as, he was absent when I called, and I accordingly left my card; our preparations were all finished, and we accordingly set sail. Consequently all finished, and we accordingly set sail. Consequently marks a closer connection, that of logical or causal sequence; as, the papers were not ready, and consequently could not be signed.


ACCORDION Ac*cordi*on, n. Etym: [See Accord.] (Mus.) Defn: A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.


ACCORDIONIST Ac*cordi*on*ist, n. Defn: A player on the accordion.


ACCORDMENT Ac*cordment, n. Etym: [OF. acordement. See Accord, v.] Defn: Agreement; reconcilement. [Obs.] Gower.


ACCORPORATE Ac*corpo*rate, v. t. Etym: [L. accorporare; ad + corpus, corporis, body.] Defn: To unite; to attach; to incorporate. [Obs.] Milton.


ACCOST Ac*cost (#; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accosted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accosting.] Etym: [F. accoster, LL. accostare to bring side by side; L. ad + costa rib, side. See Coast, and cf. Accoast.] 1. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of. [Obs.] So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea. Fuller. 2. To approach; to make up to. [Archaic] Shak. 3. To speak to first; to address; to greet. Him, Satan thus accosts. Milton.


ACCOST Ac*cost, v. i. Defn: To adjoin; to lie alongside. [Obs.] The shores which to the sea accost. Spenser.


ACCOST Ac*cost, n. Defn: Address; greeting. [R.] J. Morley.


ACCOSTABLE Ac*costa*ble, a. Etym: [Cf. F. accostable.] Defn: Approachable; affable. [R.] Hawthorne.


ACCOSTED Ac*costed, a. (Her.) Defn: Supported on both sides by other charges; also, side by side.


ACCOUCHEMENT Ac*couchement (#; 277), n. Etym: [F., fr. accoucher to be delivered of a child, to aid in delivery, OF. acouchier orig. to lay down, put to bed, go to bed; L. ad + collocare to lay, put, place. See Collate.] Defn: Delivery in childbed


ACCOUCHEUR Ac*cou*cheur, n. Etym: [F., fr. accoucher. See Accouchement.] Defn: A man who assists women in childbirth; a man midwife; an obstetrician.


ACCOUCHEUSE Ac*cou*cheuse, n. Etym: [F.., fem. of accoucher.] Defn: A midwife. [Recent] Dunglison.


ACCOUNT Ac*count, n. Etym: [OE. acount, account, accompt, OF. acont, fr. aconter. See Account, v. t., Count, n., 1.] 1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time. A beggarly account of empty boxes. Shak. 2. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank. 3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts. 4. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle. A laudable account of the city of London. Howell. 5. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon. Give an account of thy stewardship. Luke xvi. 2. 6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. To stand high in your account. Shak. 7. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit. Men of account. Pope. To turn to account. Shak. Account current, a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account. -- In account with, in a relation requiring an account to be kept. -- On account of, for the sake of; by reason of; because of. -- On one's own account, for one's own interest or behalf. -- To make account, to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon. [Obs.] s other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it. Milton. -- To make account of, to hold in estimation; to esteem; as, he makes small account of beauty. -- To take account of, or to take into account, to take into consideration; to notice. Of their doings, God takes no account. Milton . -- A writ of account (Law), a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant shall render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; -- called also an action of account. Cowell. Syn. -- Narrative; narration; relation; recital; description; explanation; rehearsal. -- Account, Narrative, Narration, Recital. These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events. Account turns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an account of a battle, of a shipwreck, etc. A narrative is a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a narrative of the events of a siege, a narrative of one's life, etc. Narration is usually the same as narrative, but is sometimes used to describe the mode of relating events; as, his powers of narration are uncommonly great. Recital denotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the recital of one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc. 1. To reckon; to compute; to count. [Obs.] The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are accounted. Sir T. Browne. 2. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to. [R.] Clarendon. 3. To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem. Accounting that God was able to raise him up. Heb. xi. 19. 4. To recount; to relate. [Obs.] Chaucer.


ACCOUNT Ac*count, v. i. 1. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received. 2. To render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities. 3. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; - - with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty. To account of, to esteem; to prize; to value. Now used only in the passive. I account of her beauty. Shak. Newer was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century. Canon Robinson.


ACCOUNT BOOK Ac*count book`. Defn: A book in which accounts are kept. Swift.


ACCOUNTABILITY Ac*counta*bili*ty, n. Defn: The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness. The awful idea of accountability. R. Hall.


ACCOUNTABLE Ac*counta*ble, a. 1. Liable to be called on to render an account; answerable; as, every man is accountable to God for his conduct. 2. Capable of being accounted for; explicable. [R.] True religion . . . intelligible, rational, and accountable, -- not a burden but a privilege. B. Whichcote. Syn. -- Amenable; responsible; liable; answerable.


ACCOUNTABLENESS Ac*counta*ble ness, n. Defn: The quality or state of being accountable; accountability.


ACCOUNTABLY Ac*counta*bly, adv. Defn: In an accountable manner.


ACCOUNTANCY Ac*countan*cy, n. Defn: The art or employment of an accountant.


ACCOUNTANT Ac*countant, n. Etym: [Cf. F. accomptant, OF. acontant, p. pr.] 1. One who renders account; one accountable. 2. A reckoner. 3. One who is skilled in, keeps, or adjusts, accounts; an officer in a public office, who has charge of the accounts. Accountatn general, the head or superintending accountant in certain public offices. Also, formerly, an officer in the English court of chancery who received the moneys paid into the court, and deposited them in the Bank of England.


ACCOUNTANT Ac*countant, a. Defn: Accountable. [Obs.] Shak.


ACCOUNTANTSHIP Ac*countant*ship, n. Etym: [Accountant + -ship.] Defn: The office or employment of an accountant.


ACCOUPLE Ac*couple, v. t. Etym: [OF. acopler, F. accoupler. See Couple.] Defn: To join; to couple. [R.] The Englishmen accoupled themselves with the Frenchmen. Hall.


ACCOUPLEMENT Ac*couple*ment, n. Etym: [Cf. F. accouplement.] 1. The act of coupling, or the state of being coupled; union. [R.] Caxton. 2. That which couples, as a tie or brace. [R.]


ACCOURAGE Ac*courage, v. t. Etym: [OF. acoragier; ? (L. ad) + corage. See Courage.] Defn: To encourage. [Obs.]


ACCOURT Ac*court, v. t. Etym: [Ac-, for L. ad. See Court.] Defn: To treat courteously; to court. [Obs.] Spenser.


ACCOUTER; ACCOUTRE Ac*couter, Ac*coutre, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accoutered or Accoutred; p. pr. & vb. n. Accoutering or Accoutring.] Etym: [F. accouter, OF. accoutrer, accoustrer; ? (L. ad) + perh. LL. custor, for custos guardian, sacristan (cf. Custody), or perh. akin to E. guilt.] Defn: To furnish with dress, or equipments, esp. those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array. Bot accoutered like young men. Shak. For this, in rags accoutered are they seen. Dryden. Accoutered with his burden and his staff. Wordsworth.


ACCOUTERMENTS; ACCOUTREMENTS Ac*couter*ments, Ac*coutre*ments, n. pl. Etym: [F. accoutrement, earlier also accoustrement, earlier also accoustrement. See Accouter.] Defn: Dress; trappings; equipment; specifically, the devices and equipments worn by soldiers. How gay with all the accouterments of war!


ACCOY Ac*coy, v. t. Etym: [OF. acoyer; ac-, for L. ad. See Coy.] 1. To render quiet; to soothe. [Obs.] Chaucer. 2. To subdue; to tame; to daunt. [Obs.] Then is your careless courage accoyed. Spenser.


ACCREDIT Ac*credit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accredited; p. pr. & vb. n. Accrediting.] Etym: [F. accr?diter; ? (L. ad) + cr?dit credit. See Credit.] 1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction. His censure will . . . accredit his praises. Cowper. These reasons . . . which accredit and fortify mine opinion. Shelton. 2. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy, or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or delegate. Beton . . . was accredited to the Court of France. Froude. 3. To believe; to credit; to put trust in. The version of early Roman history which was accredited in the fifth century. Sir G. C. Lewis. He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions and witchcraft. Southey. 4. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing something, or (something) as belonging to some one. To accredit (one) with (something), to attribute something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these views; they accredit him with a wise saying.


ACCREDITATION Ac*cred`i*tation, n. Defn: The act of accrediting; as, letters of accreditation.


ACCREMENTITIAL Ac`cre*men*titial, a. (Physiol.) Defn: Pertaining to accremention.


ACCREMENTITION Ac`cre*men*tition, n. Etym: [See Accresce, Increment.] (Physiol.) Defn: The process of generation by development of blastema, or fission of cells, in which the new formation is in all respect like the individual from which it proceeds.


ACCRESCE Ac*cresce, v. i. Etym: [L. accrescere. See Accrue.] 1. To accrue. [R.] 2. To increase; to grow. [Obs.] Gillespie.


ACCRESCENCE Ac*crescence, n. Etym: [LL. accrescentia.] Defn: Continuous growth; an accretion. [R.] The silent accrescence of belief from the unwatched depositions of a general, never contradicted hearsy. Coleridge.


ACCRESCENT Ac*crescent, a. Etym: [L. accrescens, -entis, p. pr. of accrescere; ad + crescere to grow. See Crescent.] 1. Growing; increasing. Shuckford. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Growing larger after flowering. Gray.


ACCRETE Ac*crete, v. i. Etym: [From L. accretus, p. p. of accrescere to increase.] 1. To grow together. 2. To adhere; to grow (to); to be added; -- with to.


ACCRETE Ac*crete, v. t. Defn: To make adhere; to add. Earle.


ACCRETE Ac*crete, a. 1. Characterized by accretion; made up; as, accrete matter. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Grown together. Gray.


ACCRETION Ac*cretion, n. Etym: [L. accretio, fr. accrescere to increase. Cf. Crescent, Increase, Accrue.] 1. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth. Arbuthnot. 2. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth. A mineral . . . augments not by grown, but by accretion. Owen. To strip off all the subordinate parts of his as a later accretion. Sir G. C. Lewis. 3. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass. 4. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers toes. Dana. 5. (Law) (a) The adhering of property to something else, by which the owner of one thing becomes possessed of a right to another; generally, gain of land by the washing up of sand or sail from the sea or a river, or by a gradual recession of the water from the usual watermark. (b) Gain to an heir or legatee, failure of a coheir to the same succession, or a co-legatee of the same thing, to take his share. Wharton. Kent.


ACCRETIVE Ac*cretive, a. Defn: Relating to accretion; increasing, or adding to, by growth. Glanvill.


ACCRIMINATE Ac*crimi*nate, v. t. Etym: [L. ac- (for ad to) + criminari.] Defn: To accuse of a crime. [Obs.] -- Ac*crim`i*nation, n. [Obs.]


ACCROACH Ac*croach, v. t. Etym: [OE. acrochen, accrochen, to obtain, OF. acrochier, F. accrocher; ? (L. ad) + croc hook (E. crook).] 1. To hook, or draw to one's self as with a hook. [Obs.] 2. To usurp, as jurisdiction or royal prerogatives. They had attempted to accroach to themselves royal power. Stubbs.


ACCROACHMENT Ac*croachment, n. Etym: [Cf. F. accrochement.] Defn: An encroachment; usurpation. [Obs.] Bailey.


ACCRUAL Ac*crual, n. Defn: Accrument. [R.]


ACCRUE Ac*crue, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Accrued; p. pr. & vb. n. Accruing.] Etym: [See Accrue, n., and cf. Accresce, Accrete.] 1. To increase; to augment. And though power failed, her courage did accrue. Spenser. 2. To come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent. Interest accrues to principal. Abbott. The great and essential advantages accruing to society from the freedom of the press. Junius.


ACCRUE Ac*crue, n. Etym: [F. accr?, OF. acre?, p. p. of accroitre, OF. acroistre to increase; L. ad + crescere to increase. Cf. Accretion, Crew. See Crescent.] Defn: Something that accrues; advantage accruing. [Obs.]


ACCRUER Ac*cruer, n. (Law) Defn: The act of accruing; accretion; as, title by accruer.


ACCRUMENT Ac*crument, n. Defn: The process of accruing, or that which has accrued; increase. Jer. Taylor.


ACCUBATION Ac`cu*bation, n. Etym: [L. accubatio, for accubatio, fr. accubare to recline; ad + cubare to lie down. See Accumb.] Defn: The act or posture of reclining on a couch, as practiced by the ancients at meals.


ACCUMB Ac*cumb, v. i. Etym: [L. accumbere; ad + cumbere (only in compounds) to lie down.] Defn: To recline, as at table. [Obs.] Bailey.


ACCUMBENCY Ac*cumben*cy, n. Defn: The state of being accumbent or reclining. [R.]


ACCUMBENT Ac*cumbent, a. 1. Leaning or reclining, as the ancients did at their meals. The Roman.. accumbent posture in eating. Arbuthnot. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Lying against anything, as one part of a leaf against another leaf. Gray. Accumbent cotyledons have their edges placed against the caulicle. Eaton.


ACCUMBENT Ac*cumbent, n. Defn: One who reclines at table.


ACCUMBER Ac*cumber, v. t. Defn: To encumber. [Obs.] Chaucer.


ACCUMULATE Ac*cumu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accumulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Accumulating.] Etym: [L. accumulatus, p. p. of accumulare; ad + cumulare to heap. See Cumulate.] Defn: To heap up in a mass; to pile up; to collect or bring together; to amass; as, to accumulate a sum of money. Syn. -- To collect; pile up; store; amass; gather; aggregate; heap together; hoard.


ACCUMULATE Ac*cumu*late, v. i. Defn: To grow or increase in quantity or number; to increase greatly. Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. Goldsmith.


ACCUMULATE Ac*cumu*late, a. Etym: [L. accumulatus, p. p. of accumulare.] Defn: Collected; accumulated. Bacon.


ACCUMULATION Ac*cu`mu*lation, n. Etym: [L. accumulatio; cf. F. accumulation.] 1. The act of accumulating, the state of being accumulated, or that which is accumulated; as, an accumulation of earth, of sand, of evils, of wealth, of honors. 2. (Law) Defn: The concurrence of several titles to the same proof. Accumulation of energy or power, the storing of energy by means of weights lifted or masses put in motion; electricity stored. -- An accumulation of degrees (Eng. Univ.), the taking of several together, or at smaller intervals than usual or than is allowed by the rules.


ACCUMULATIVE Ac*cumu*la*tive, a. Defn: Characterized by accumulation; serving to collect or amass; cumulative; additional. -- Ac*cumu*la*tive*ly, adv. -- Ac*cumu*la*tive*ness, n.


ACCUMULATOR Ac*cumu*la`tor, n. Etym: [L.] 1. One who, or that which, accumulates, collects, or amasses. 2. (Mech.) Defn: An apparatus by means of which energy or power can be stored, such as the cylinder or tank for storing water for hydraulic elevators, the secondary or storage battery used for accumulating the energy of electrical charges, etc. 3. A system of elastic springs for relieving the strain upon a rope, as in deep-sea dredging.


ACCURACY Accu*ra*cy (#; 277), n. Etym: [See Accurate.] Defn: The state of being accurate; freedom from mistakes, this exemption arising from carefulness; exact conformity to truth, or to a rule or model; precision; exactness; nicety; correctness; as, the value of testimony depends on its accuracy. The professed end [of logic] is to teach men to think, to judge, and to reason, with precision and accuracy. Reid. The accuracy with which the piston fits the sides. Lardner.


ACCURATE Accu*rate, a. Etym: [L. accuratus, p. p. and a., fr. accurare to take care of; ad + curare to take care, cura care. See Cure.] 1. In exact or careful conformity to truth, or to some standard of requirement, the result of care or pains; free from failure, error, or defect; exact; as, an accurate calculator; an accurate measure; accurate expression, knowledge, etc. 2. Precisely fixed; executed with care; careful. [Obs.] Those conceive the celestial bodies have more accurate influences upon these things below. Bacon. Syn. -- Correct; exact; just; nice; particular. -- Accurate, Correct, Exact, Precise. We speak of a thing as correct with reference to some rule or standard of comparison; as, a correct account, a correct likeness, a man of correct deportment. We speak of a thing as accurate with reference to the care bestowed upon its execution, and the increased correctness to be expected therefrom; as, an accurate statement, an accurate detail of particulars. We speak of a thing as exact with reference to that perfected state of a thing in which there is no defect and no redundance; as, an exact coincidence, the exact truth, an exact likeness. We speak of a thing as precise when we think of it as strictly conformed to some rule or model, as if cut down thereto; as a precise conformity instructions; precisely right; he was very precise in giving his directions.


ACCURATELY Accu*rate*ly, adv. Defn: In an accurate manner; exactly; precisely; without error or defect.


ACCURATENESS Accu*rate*ness, n. Defn: The state or quality of being accurate; accuracy; exactness; nicety; precision.


ACCURSE Ac*curse, v. t. Etym: [OE. acursien, acorsien; pref. a + cursien to curse. See Curse.] Defn: To devote to destruction; to imprecate misery or evil upon; to curse; to execrate; to anathematize. And the city shall be accursed. Josh. vi. 17. Thro' you, my life will be accurst. Tennyson.


ACCURSED; ACCURST Ac*cursed, Ac*curst, p. p. & a. Defn: Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed; hence, bad enough to be under the curse; execrable; detestable; exceedingly hateful; -- as, an accursed deed. Shak. -- Ac*cursed*ly, adv. -- Ac*cursed*ness, n.


ACCUSABLE Ac*cusa*ble, a. Etym: [L. accusabilis: cf. F. accusable.] Defn: Liable to be accused or censured; chargeable with a crime or fault; blamable; -- with of.


ACCUSAL Ac*cusal, n. Defn: Accusation. [R.] Byron.


ACCUSANT Ac*cusant, n. Etym: [L. accusans, p. pr. of accusare: cf. F. accusant.] Defn: An accuser. Bp. Hall.


ACCUSATION Ac`cu*sation, n. Etym: [OF. acusation, F. accusation, L. accusatio, fr. accusare. See Accuse.] 1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. We come not by the way of accusation To taint that honor every good tongue blesses. Shak. 2. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge. [They] set up over his head his accusation. Matt. xxvii. 37. Syn. -- Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge.


ACCUSATIVAL Ac*cu`sa*tival, a. Defn: Pertaining to the accusative case.


ACCUSATIVE Ac*cusa*tive, a. Etym: [F. accusatif, L. accusativus (in sense 2), fr. accusare. See Accuse.] 1. Producing accusations; accusatory. This hath been a very accusative age. Sir E. Dering. 2. (Gram.) Defn: Applied to the case (as the fourth case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses the immediate object on which the action or influence of a transitive verb terminates, or the immediate object of motion or tendency to, expressed by a preposition. It corresponds to the objective case in English.


ACCUSATIVE Ac*cusa*tive, n. (Gram.) Defn: The accusative case.


ACCUSATIVELY Ac*cusa*tive*ly, adv. 1. In an accusative manner. 2. In relation to the accusative case in grammar.


ACCUSATORIAL Ac*cu`sa*tori*al, a. Defn: Accusatory.


ACCUSATORIALLY Ac*cu`sa*tori*al*ly, adv. Defn: By way accusation.


ACCUSATORY Ac*cusa*to*ry, a. Etym: [L. accusatorius, fr. accusare.] Defn: Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation; as, an accusatory libel. Grote.


ACCUSE Ac*cuse, n. Defn: Accusation. [Obs.] Shak.


ACCUSE Ac*cuse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accused; p. pr. & vb. n. Accusing.] Etym: [OF. acuser, F. accuser, L. accusare, to call to account, accuse; ad + causa cause, lawsuit. Cf. Cause.] 1. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense; (Law) Defn: to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; - - with of; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor. Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. Acts xxiv. 13. We are accused of having persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms. Macaulay. 2. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure. Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another. Rom. ii. 15. 3. To betray; to show. Etym: [L.] Sir P. Sidney. 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 crimes. Both impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness.


ACCUSED Ac*cused, a. Defn: Charged with offense; as, an accused person. Note: Commonly used substantively; as, the accused, one charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case.


ACCUSEMENT Ac*cusement, n. Etym: [OF. acusement. See Accuse.] Defn: Accusation. [Obs.] Chaucer.


ACCUSER Ac*cuser, n. Etym: [OE. acuser, accusour; cf. OF. acuseor, fr. L. accusator, fr. accusare.] Defn: One who accuses; one who brings a charge of crime or fault.


ACCUSINGLY Ac*cusing*ly, adv. Defn: In an accusing manner.


ACCUSTOM Ac*custom, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accustomed; p. pr. & vb. n. Accustoming.] Etym: [OF. acostumer, acustumer, F. accoutumer; ? (L. ad) + OF. costume, F. coutume, custom. See Custom.] Defn: To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; - - with to. I shall always fear that he who accustoms himself to fraud in little things, wants only opportunity to practice it in greater. Adventurer. Syn. -- To habituate; inure; exercise; train.


ACCUSTOM Ac*custom, v. i. 1. To be wont. [Obs.] Carew. 2. To cohabit. [Obs.] We with the best men accustom openly; you with the basest commit private adulteries. Milton.


ACCUSTOM Ac*custom, n. Defn: Custom. [Obs.] Milton.


ACCUSTOMABLE Ac*custom*a*ble, a. Defn: Habitual; customary; wonted. Accustomable goodness. Latimer.


ACCUSTOMABLY Ac*custom*a*bly, adv. Defn: According to custom; ordinarily; customarily. Latimer.


ACCUSTOMANCE Ac*custom*ance, n. Etym: [OF. accoustumance, F. accoutumance.] Defn: Custom; habitual use. [Obs.] Boyle.


ACCUSTOMARILY Ac*custom*a*ri*ly, adv. Defn: Customarily. [Obs.]


ACCUSTOMARY Ac*custom*a*ry, a. Defn: Usual; customary. [Archaic] Featley.

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