impeachment

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im·peach

 (ĭm-pēch′)
tr.v. im·peached, im·peach·ing, im·peach·es
1.
a. To make an accusation against: impeach someone of a crime.
b. To bring formal charges against (a public official) for wrongdoing while in office.
2. To raise doubts about; discredit or disparage: impeach a witness's credibility; impeach someone's character.

[Middle English empechen, to impede, accuse, from Anglo-Norman empecher, from Late Latin impedicāre, to entangle : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pedica, fetter; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

im·peach′a·ble adj.
im·peach′a·bil′i·ty n.
im·peach′er n.
im·peach′ment n.
Usage Note: When an irate citizen demands that a disfavored public official be impeached, the citizen clearly intends for the official to be removed from office. This popular use of impeach as a synonym of "throw out" (even if by due process) does not accord with the legal meaning of the word. When a public official is impeached, that is, formally accused of wrongdoing, this is only the start of what can be a lengthy process that may or may not lead to the official's removal from office. In strict usage, an official is impeached (accused), tried, and then convicted or acquitted. The vaguer use of impeach reflects disgruntled citizens' indifference to whether the official is forced from office by legal means or chooses to resign to avoid further disgrace.

impeachment

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

im•peach•ment

(ɪmˈpitʃ mənt)

n.
1. the act of impeaching; condition of being impeached.
2. (in the U.S. Congress or a state legislature) the presentation of charges against a public official by the lower house, with trial to be before the upper house.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French]

impeachment

The charging of a public official before a quasipolitical body with having committed an offense while in office.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impeachment - a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in officeimpeachment - a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

impeachment

noun accusation, prosecution, indictment, arraignment Unconstitutional actions would be grounds for impeachment.
Translations
مُحاكَمَة أو إتهام رئيس الجمهوريَّه
obvinění ze zločinu
rigsretssag
vád alá helyezés
ákæra, lögsókn
obvinenie zo zločinu

impeachment

[ɪmˈpiːtʃmənt]
A. N (= accusation) → acusación f de prevaricación; (= trial) → proceso m por prevaricación; [of president] → proceso m de destitución
B. CPD impeachment hearing Njuicio m por destitución
impeachment proceedings NPLproceso m de destitución

impeachment

[ɪmˈpiːtʃmənt] n [president] → procédure f de l'impeachment, mise f en cause de la responsabilité pénale

impeachment

n
(Jur: = accusation) → Anklage f (wegen eines Amtsvergehens); (US: of president) → Amtsenthebungsverfahren nt, → Impeachment nt
(= questioning) (of sb’s character, motives)Infragestellung f, → Anzweiflung f; (of testimony also)Anfechtung f

impeachment

[ɪmˈpiːtʃmənt] n (Law) → impeachment m inv

impeach

(imˈpiːtʃ) verb
to accuse of a crime, especially to accuse a person who works for the government of a crime against the State.
imˈpeachment noun
References in classic literature ?
The awful discretion which a court of impeachments must necessarily have, to doom to honor or to infamy the most confidential and the most distinguished characters of the community, forbids the commitment of the trust to a small number of persons.
These considerations seem alone sufficient to authorize a conclusion, that the Supreme Court would have been an improper substitute for the Senate, as a court of impeachments.
To a certain extent, the benefits of that union will be obtained from making the chief justice of the Supreme Court the president of the court of impeachments, as is proposed to be done in the plan of the convention; while the inconveniences of an entire incorporation of the former into the latter will be substantially avoided.

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