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Accusation is the act of accusing or charging another with a crime or with a lighter offense, or with fault or blame for some act to be condemned.

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  • Let your accusations be few in number, even if they be just.
  • Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.
  • To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible!
  • When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing to himself.
  • Trust me, no tortures which the poets feign,
    Can match the fierce, the unutterable pain
    He feels, who night and day, devoid of rest,
    Carries his own accuser in his breast.
    • Juvenal, reported in William Gifford, The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis‎ (1806), p. 408.
  • Believe not each accusing tongue,
    As most weak persons do;
    But still believe that story wrong,
    Which ought not to be true!
    • Richard Brinsley Sheridan, reported in Nicholas Harris Nicolas, The Carcanet: a Literary Album, Containing Select Passages from the Most Distinguished English Writers (1828), p. 132.
  • It is not uncommon for ignorant and corrupt men to falsely charge others with doing what they imagine that they themselves, in their narrow minds and experience, would have done under the circumstances of a given case, and the surest check, often the only check, on such perjury, is to recognize the impossibility that men of larger instruction and resources and experience could have been guilty of such conduct.
    • John H. Clarke, Valdez v. United States, 244 U.S. 432, 450 (1917).

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  • It is honourable to be accused by those who deserve to be accused.
    • Latin Proverb

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Accusation
by John Cowper Powys
Published in Mandragora (1917)

[ 66 ]

IF this Is what you meant,
Why did you not go by?
I had got used to my lonely place
And amid the shadows had found a face,
A phantom-face 'neath a pallid sky,
A phantom-face 'neath a leaden tent —
Why did you not go by,
If this is what you meant?

Why did you not pass on,
If this is what you meant?
Why did you rise like a dumb moss-rose,
Brooding in somnolent repose,
Just where the moonlight shone,
On the path of my content?
Why did you not pass on,
If this is what you meant?

Why did you not go past,
If this is what you meant?
Why did you fling abroad in the air
A royal ransom of rich despair?
Why with rain were your petals so full
And with dew why were you so beautiful?
The charm that held me fast
Had never then been rent.
Why did you not go past,
If this is what you meant?

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1963, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ACCUSATION (Lat. accusatio, accusare, to challenge to a causa, a suit or trial at law), a legal term signifying the charging of another with wrong-doing, criminal or otherwise. An accusation which is made in a court of justice during legal proceedings is privileged (see Privilege), though, should the accused have been maliciously prosecuted, he will have a right to bring an action for malicious prosecution. An accusation made outside a court of justice would, if the accusation were false, render the accuser liable to an action for defamation of character, while, if the accusation be committed to writing, the writer of it is liable to indictment, whether the accusation be made only to the party accused or to a third person. A threat or conspiracy to accuse another of a crime or of misconduct which does not amount to a crime for the purpose of extortion is in itself indictable.


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