WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•peach•ment  (im pēchmənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentthe impeaching of a public official before an appropriate tribunal.
  2. 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.
  3. Lawdemonstration that a witness is less worthy of belief.
  4. Government, Lawthe act of impeaching.
  5. Government, Lawthe state of being impeached.
  • Anglo-French. See impeach, -ment
  • Middle English empechement 1350–1400

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•peach /ɪmˈpitʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. 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.
  2. Lawto challenge whether (a person) is telling the truth:to impeach a witness.
im•peach•a•ble, adj. : an impeachable offense.
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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•peach  (im pēch),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Governmentto accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
  2. Law[Chiefly Law.]to challenge the credibility of:to impeach a witness.
  3. to bring an accusation against.
  4. to call in question;
    cast an imputation upon:to impeach a person's motives.
  5. to call to account.

  1. [Obs.]impeachment.
im•peacher, n. 
  • 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

imˈpeachment /ɪmˈpiːtʃmənt/ n
  1. 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
  2. (in the US) a proceeding brought against a federal government official
  3. an accusation or charge
  4. obsolete discredit; reproach

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