Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Accusatorial adjective Accusatory.
Accusatorially adverb By way accusation.
Accusatory adjective [ Latin accusatorius , from accusare .] Pertaining to, or containing, an accusation; as, an accusatory libel. Grote.
Accuse noun Accusation. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Accuse transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Accused
; present participle & verbal noun Accusing
.] [ Old French acuser
, French accuser
, Latin accusare
, to call to account, accuse; ad
cause, lawsuit. Confer Cause
.] 1. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense
; (Law) 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. 2. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure.
Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another. 3. To betray; to show.
Rom. ii. 15.
[ Latin ] Sir P. Sidney. Syn.
-- To charge; blame; censure; reproach; criminate; indict; impeach; arraign. -- To Accuse
. 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
convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness.
Accused adjective Charged with offense; as, an accused person. Commonly used substantively; as, the accused , one charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case.
[ Old French acusement
. See Accuse
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Accuser noun [ Middle English acuser , accusour ; confer Old French acuseor , from Latin accusator , from accusare .] One who accuses; one who brings a charge of crime or fault.
Accusingly adverb In an accusing manner.
Accustom transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Accustomed
; present participle & verbal noun Accustoming
.] [ Old French acostumer
, French accoutumer
) + Old French costume
, French coutume
, custom. See Custom
.] 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. Syn.
-- To habituate; inure; exercise; train.
Accustom intransitive verb 1. To be wont.
[ Obsolete] Carew. 2. To cohabit.
We with the best men accustom openly; you with the basest commit private adulteries.
Accustom noun Custom. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Accustomable adjective Habitual; customary; wonted. " Accustomable goodness." Latimer.
Accustomably adverb According to custom; ordinarily; customarily. Latimer.
Accustomance noun [ Old French accoustumance , French accoutumance .] Custom; habitual use. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
Accustomarily adverb Customarily. [ Obsolete]
Accustomary adjective Usual; customary. [ Archaic] Featley.
1. Familiar through use; usual; customary. "An accustomed action." Shak. 2. Frequented by customers. [ Obsolete] "A well accustomed shop." Smollett.
Accustomedness noun Habituation.
Accustomedness to sin hardens the heart.
; plural Aces
[ Middle English as
, French as
, from Latin as
, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Confer As
.] 1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds. 2. Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot.
I 'll not wag an ace further. To bate an ace
, to make the least abatement. [ Obsolete]
-- Within an ace of
, very near; on the point of. W. Irving.
Ace noun A single point won by a stroke, as in handball, rackets, etc.; in tennis, frequently, a point won by a service stroke.
[ Greek ..., from Syr. ōkēl damō
the field of blood.] The potter's field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called the field of blood . Fig.: A field of bloodshed.
The system of warfare . . . which had already converted immense tracts into one universal aceldama .
Acentric adjective [ Greek 'a priv. + ... a point, a center.] Not centered; without a center.
Acephal noun [ Greek ...; 'a priv. + ... head: confer French acéphale , Late Latin acephalus .] (Zoology) One of the Acephala.
Acephala noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ..., adj. neut. plural, headless. See Acephal
.] (Zoology) That division of the Mollusca which includes the bivalve shells, like the clams and oysters; -- so called because they have no evident head. Formerly the group included the Tunicata, Brachiopoda, and sometimes the Bryozoa. See Mollusca .
Acephalan adjective (Zoology) Belonging to the Acephala.
Acephali noun plural
[ Late Latin , plural of acephalus
. See Acephal
.] 1. A fabulous people reported by ancient writers to have heads. 2. (Eccl. Hist.) (a) A Christian sect without a leader. (b) Bishops and certain clergymen not under regular diocesan control. 3. A class of levelers in the time of K. Henry I.
Acephalist noun One who acknowledges no head or superior. Dr. Gauden.
Acephalocyst noun [ Greek 'ake`falos without a head + ky`stis bladder.] (Zoology) A larval entozoön in the form of a subglobular or oval vesicle, or hydatid, filled with fluid, sometimes found in the tissues of man and the lower animals; -- so called from the absence of a head or visible organs on the vesicle. These cysts are the immature stages of certain tapeworms. Also applied to similar cysts of different origin.
Acephalocystic adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, the acephalocysts.
[ See Acephal
.] 1. Headless. 2. (Zoology) Without a distinct head; -- a term applied to bivalve mollusks. 3. (Botany) Having the style spring from the base, instead of from the apex, as is the case in certain ovaries. 4. Without a leader or chief. 5. Wanting the beginning.
A false or acephalous structure of sentence. 6. (Pros.) Deficient and the beginning, as a line of poetry. Brande.
Acequia noun [ Spanish ] A canal or trench for irrigating land. [ Spanish Amer.]
[ See Aceric
.] (Chemistry) A combination of aceric acid with a salifiable base.
Acerate adjective Acerose; needle- shaped.
[ Latin acerbus
, from acer
sharp: confer French acerbe
. See Acrid
.] Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit; sharp and harsh.
Acerbate transitive verb [ Latin acerbatus , past participle of acerbare , from acerbus .] To sour; to imbitter; to irritate.
Acerbic adjective Sour or severe.
Acerbitude noun [ Latin acerbitudo , from acerbus .] Sourness and harshness. [ Obsolete] Bailey.
[ French acerbité
, Latin acerbitas
, from acerbus
. See Acerb
.] 1. Sourness of taste, with bitterness and astringency, like that of unripe fruit. 2. Harshness, bitterness, or severity; as, acerbity of temper, of language, of pain. Barrow.
Aceric adjective [ Latin acer maple.] Pertaining to, or obtained from, the maple; as, aceric acid. Ure.
Acerose adjective [ (a) Latin acerosus chaffy, from acus , gen. aceris , chaff; (b) as if from Latin acus needle: confer French acéreux .] (Botany) (a) Having the nature of chaff; chaffy. (b) Needle-shaped, having a sharp, rigid point, as the leaf of the pine.
Acerous adjective Same as Acerose .
Acerous adjective [ Greek α priv. + ke`ras a horn.] (Zoology) (a) Destitute of tentacles, as certain mollusks. (b) Without antennæ, as some insects.
Acerval adjective [ Latin acervalis , from acervus heap.] Pertaining to a heap. [ Obsolete]
Acervate transitive verb [ Latin acervatus , past participle of acervare to heap up, from acervus heap.] To heap up. [ Obsolete]
Acervate adjective Heaped, or growing in heaps, or closely compacted clusters.
Acervation noun [ Latin acervatio .] A heaping up; accumulation. [ R.] Johnson.
Acervative adjective Heaped up; tending to heap up.
Acervose adjective Full of heaps. [ R.] Bailey.