Synonyms of charge in English:
3 two men were charged with theft
accuse of, indict for, arraign for, arraign on a charge of;
prosecute for, try for, put on trial for, inculpate for
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It looks dull but it’s wonderfully diverse. The noun form alone contains sixteen definitions, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, among them these two: that of a duty, or responsibility ( Cara’s main charge was to raise the two boys properly); and that of an accusation ( Cara was charged with two counts of infanticide). In the first instance, the subject is elected; in the second, damned. Like John Gardner’s distinction that all fiction falls into one of two categories (the hero goes on a quest or a stranger comes to town), the word charge neatly situates fiction into the elected or the damned. The best fiction does both. Dante is charged with touring hell, to survey the diverse and sundry charged; Humbert Humbert’s charge leads to the damnable charges of which he is clearly guilty; Hamlet charges himself with inaction, cowardice, and insanity until at last he executes his charge.Joshua Ferris
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