prosecution - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process or act of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them

    He could face prosecution over the incident.

    escape prosecution:

    She narrowly escaped prosecution.

    prosecution for:

    an increase in the number of prosecutions for violent crime

    1. a.

      the prosecution

      the lawyers who try to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty

      a witness for the prosecution

  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal the act of carrying something out, especially a war