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To accuse someone of a crime - thesaurus

Synonyms

accuse

verb

to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime

allege

verb

to say that something is true or that someone has done something wrong or illegal, even though this has not been proved

charge

verb

to accuse someone officially of committing a crime

prosecute

verb

to officially accuse someone of a crime and ask a court of law to judge them

indict

verb

mainly American to accuse someone officially of a serious crime

prefer charges (against someone)

to officially accuse someone of a crime

bring someone up on charges of something

to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong

impeach

verb

to formally accuse a public official of a serious crime relating to their job, especially in the US

bring before

to make someone go to court because they have been accused of doing something wrong

implicate

verb

to show or suggest that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong

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cry foul

to say publicly that something is dishonest or illegal, especially when it affects you directly

face charges/counts (of something)

to be accused officially of committing a crime

haul

verb

informal to make someone appear before a court or other authority because they are accused of doing something wrong

have up

to send someone to a court of law because they have been accused of a crime

implication

noun

the fact of suggesting or showing that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong

impute to

formal to say that someone or something has a specific quality, especially a bad one, or is guilty of something

indictment

noun

legalmainly American an official statement accusing someone of committing a serious crime, or the document with which this is done

lay charges

to officially accuse someone of a crime. A more common phrase is bring charges

name names

to state publicly the names of people involved in something dishonest or illegal

press charges (against someone)

to officially accuse someone of committing a crime

the prosecution

noun

the process or act of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them

set up

informal to arrange a situation so that someone is blamed for doing something, especially something illegal

stitch up

Britishinformal to arrange a situation so that someone is blamed for something that they did not do

trump up

to deliberately make up information that connects someone with a crime

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