- rare (in England) committal by the House of Commons, esp of a minister of the Crown, for trial by the House of Lords. The last instance occurred in 1805
- (in the US) a proceeding brought against a federal government official
- an accusation or charge
- obsolete discredit; reproach
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- Governmentthe impeaching of a public official before an appropriate tribunal.
- Government(in Congress or a state legislature) the presentation of formal charges against a public official by the lower house, trial to be before the upper house.
- Lawdemonstration that a witness is less worthy of belief.
- Government, Lawthe act of impeaching.
- Government, Lawthe state of being impeached.
- Anglo-French. See impeach, -ment
- Middle English empechement 1350–1400
- Governmentto accuse (a public official) of misconduct in office by bringing charges before an appropriate court or place of hearing:The Judiciary Committee would have voted to impeach the president.
- Lawto challenge whether (a person) is telling the truth:to impeach a witness.
im•peach•er, n. [countable]
im•peach•ment, n. [uncountable]Was the crime really worthy of impeachment?[countable]The country hasn't had an impeachment in decades.
- Governmentto accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
- Law[Chiefly Law.]to challenge the credibility of:to impeach a witness.
- to bring an accusation against.
- to call in question;
cast an imputation upon:to impeach a person's motives.
- to call to account.
- Late Latin impedicāre to fetter, trap, equivalent. to Latin im- im-1 + pedic(a) a fetter (derivative of pēs foot) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
- Anglo-French empecher
- Middle English empechen, enpeshen 1350–1400
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged question, challenge, impugn.