Accused vs Sued - What's the difference?

accused | sued |

As verbs the difference between accused and sued

is that accused is (accuse) while sued is (sue).

As a noun accused

is (legal) the person charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case.

As an adjective accused

is having been accused; being the target of accusations.




  • (accuse)
  • Noun

  • (legal) The person charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case.
  • Usage notes

    * (noun) Preceded by the word the .


    (en adjective)
  • Having been accused; being the target of accusations.
  • * 1883 , Charlotte Mary Yonge, Landmarks of Recent History, 1770-1883 , Walter Smith (publisher), pages 11–12:
  • This power chiefly fell to the queen, and she was more accused than ever of too much leaning towards her own country;
  • * 1891 , Charles Grant Robertson, Caesar Borgia: The Stanhope Essay for 1891 , B.H. Blackwell, pages 8–9:
  • Naples had an almost stronger preference for the interposition of Spain, while the great republic of Venice in the eyes of Italy stood accused of aspiring to bring the whole peninsula under its sway,
  • * 2007 , Patricia Love and Steven Stosny, How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking about It: Finding Love Beyond Words , Random House, ISBN 9780767923170, page 188:
  • If she felt unimportant, you showed her that she was important to you. If she felt accused , you reassured her. If she felt guilty, you helped her feel better.






  • (sue)
  • Anagrams

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  • To follow.
  • * , Bk.XIII, Ch.iv:
  • And the olde knyght seyde unto the yonge knyght, ‘Sir, swith me.’
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.iv:
  • though oft looking backward, well she vewd, / Her selfe freed from that foster insolent, / And that it was a knight, which now her sewd , / Yet she no lesse the knight feard, then that villein rude.
  • (label) To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
  • (label) To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
  • To clean (the beak, etc.).
  • To leave high and dry on shore.
  • To court.
  • Derived terms

    * sue for peace


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