Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
accusare, to call to account, accuse;
causacause, lawsuit. Cf.
To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense;
to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; – with of;
accuseone of a high crime or misdemeanor
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now
Acts xxiv. 13.
accused ofhaving persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms.
To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.
Their thoughts the meanwhile
accusingor else excusing one another.
Rom. ii. 15.
To betray; to show.
Sir P. Sidney.
Syn. – To charge; blame; censure; reproach; criminate; indict; impeach; arraign.
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To charge with, or declare to have committed a crime, either by plaint, or complaint, information, indictment, or impeachment; to charge with an offense against the laws, judicially or by a public process; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor.
2.To charge with a fault; to blame.
Their thoughts, in the meanwhile, accusing or excusing one another. Rom. 2.
It is followed by of before the subject of accusation; the use of for after this verb is illegitimate.