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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.

impeach

(ɪmˈpiːtʃ)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) criminal law to bring a charge or accusation against
2. (Law) criminal law Brit to accuse of a crime, esp of treason or some other offence against the state
3. (Law) chiefly US to charge (a public official) with an offence committed in office
4. to challenge or question (a person's honesty, integrity, etc)
[C14: from Old French empeechier, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle, catch, from Latin im- (in) + pedica a fetter, from pēs foot]
imˈpeacher n

im•peach

(ɪmˈpitʃ)
v.t.
1. to accuse (a public official) of misconduct in office by bringing charges before an appropriate tribunal.
2. to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness.
3. to bring an accusation against.
4. to cast an imputation upon: to impeach a person's motives.
5. to remove (a public official) from office for misconduct.
n.
6. Obs. impeachment.
[1350–1400; Middle English empechen, enpeshen to impede, accuse < Anglo-French empecher < Late Latin impedicāre to fetter, trap = Latin im- im-1 + -pedicāre, v. derivative of pedica fetter, derivative of pēs foot]
im•peach′er, n.
usage: The correct legal sense of impeach refers only to the bringing of formal charges against an official. Since the purpose of impeachment is the removal from office of an official who has engaged in misconduct, many people focus on the intended result and use impeach to mean “to remove (a public official) from office.” This sense is likely to cause confusion, and people should be aware of the word's proper legal meaning.

impeach


Past participle: impeached
Gerund: impeaching

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
I have impeached
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be impeaching
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impeaching
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would impeach
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impeach - challenge the honesty or veracity of; "the lawyers tried to impeach the credibility of the witnesses"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
2.impeach - charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office; "The President was impeached"
lodge, file, charge - file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"
3.impeach - bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"
reproach, upbraid - express criticism towards; "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
arraign - accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
recriminate - return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
lodge, file, charge - file a formal charge against; "The suspect was charged with murdering his wife"

impeach

verb charge, accuse, prosecute, blame, denounce, indict, censure, bring to trial, arraign an opposition move to impeach the President
Translations
obvinit ze zločinu
felelõsségre von
ákæra; kæra fyrir embættisbrot
apkaltaapkaltinti nusikaltimu valstybeipaskelbti apkaltą
apsūdzēt
obviniť zo zločinu

impeach

[ɪmˈpiːtʃ] VT
1. (= doubt) [+ character, motive] → poner en tela de juicio; [+ witness] → recusar
2. [+ public official] (= accuse) → acusar de prevaricación; (= try) → procesar por prevaricación; [+ president] → someter a un proceso de destitución

impeach

[ɪmˈpiːtʃ] vt [+ president] → mettre en cause pénalement

impeach

vt
(Jur: = accuse) public official(eines Amtsvergehens) anklagen; (US) presidentein Amtsenthebungsverfahren or Impeachment einleiten gegen; to impeach somebody for somethingjdn wegen einer Sache anklagen; to impeach somebody for doing somethingjdn anklagen, etw getan zu haben
(= challenge) sb’s character, motivesinfrage or in Frage stellen, anzweifeln; witness’s testimony alsoanfechten; to impeach a witnessdie Glaubwürdigkeit eines Zeugen anzweifeln or anfechten

impeach

[ɪmˈpiːtʃ] vt
a. (esp Am) (prosecute, public official) → mettere in stato d'accusa
b. (challenge, character, motive) → mettere in dubbio

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
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You don't like the magazines," Martin softly impeached.
here following has, however, not been successfully impeached.
There you will learn how Gulliver received his freedom, and how he lived happily among the little people until at length Swift falls upon the quaint idea of having him impeached for treason.
The peddler had certainly spoken the truth when he declared that the dye wouldn't wash off, however his veracity might be impeached in other respects.
The House of Commons, balked in an attack on the King and the Duke of Buckingham, suddenly turned on Bacon and impeached him for having received bribes in connection with his legal decisions as Lord Chancellor.
when he was impeached for peculation, as were a great number of other honest gentlemen of those days; and Walpole Crawley was, as need scarcely be said, son of John Churchill Crawley, named after the celebrated military commander of the reign of Queen Anne.
A deeply rooted dread of the man; the conviction that his ferocious nature, once roused, would stop at nothing; and the strong assurance that if she impeached him, the full measure of his wrath and vengeance would be wreaked on Joe, who had preserved her; these were considerations she had not the courage to overcome, and inducements to secrecy too powerful for her to surmount.
Richard too remained in a thoughtful state; fearing every moment to hear the Marchioness impeached, and unable to resist the conviction that she must be guilty.
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His appointment comes after state assembly members impeached former speaker Andrea Mayar Acho on Tuesday.