charge < money penalty/fine or accusal/accusation>


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Accusation: A formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; act of imputing blame or guilt. (Wordweb dictionary for accusation). In above definition, I cannot determine easily whether charge means a money penalty(fine) or accusal(accusation) Is the pharase "To bring a charge against a person" very common or have other common alternatives?

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    American English
    It's an accusation. Common is "to charge someone (with something)," e.g. "He was charged with breaking and entering."
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