impeach

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impeach bring an accusation against; level a charge against "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"
    • v impeach charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office "The President was impeached"
    • v impeach challenge the honesty or veracity of "the lawyers tried to impeach the credibility of the witnesses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impeach Hence, to charge with impropriety; to dishonor; to bring discredit on; to call in question; as, to impeach one's motives or conduct. "And doth impeach the freedom of the state."
    • n Impeach Hindrance; impeachment.
    • Impeach (Law) To challenge or discredit the credibility of, as of a witness, or the validity of, as of commercial paper.
    • Impeach To charge with a crime or misdemeanor; to accuse; especially to charge (a public officer), before a competent tribunal, with misbehavior in office; to cite before a tribunal for judgment of official misconduct; to arraign; as, to impeach a judge. See Impeachment.
    • Impeach To hinder; to impede; to prevent. "These ungracious practices of his sons did impeach his journey to the Holy Land.""A defluxion on my throat impeached my utterance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impeach To hinder; impede.
    • impeach To call in question; accuse of wrong or error; bring discredit on; disparage; accuse: as, to impeach one's motives; to impeach the credit of a witness.
    • impeach Specifically, to prefer charges of official misconduct against, before a competent tribunal; bring to account by trial for malfeasance in office. See impeachment, 3.
    • impeach To call to account; charge as answerable.
    • n impeach Same as impeachment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v Impeach im-pēch′ t to charge with a crime: to cite before a court for official misconduct: to call in question:
    • v Impeach im-pēch′ (Spens.) to impede
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. empeechier, to prevent, hinder, bar, F. empêcher, L. impedicare, to entangle; pref. im-, in + pedica, fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and Appeach Dispatch Impede
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. empescher, to hinder (Fr. empêcher, It. impacciare); either from L. impingĕre, to strike against, or impedicāre, to fetter—thus cognate either with impinge or impede.

Usage

In literature:

Hence, a magnificent contribution is daily made from this quarter, to his moral impeachment.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
But, on the contrary, the shocking monstrosity of the charge strengthens the anti-Boleyn impeachment.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1" by Thomas de Quincey
These statements are, for various reasons, open to impeachment.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
Brounker was expelled the house, and ordered to be impeached.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
The other impeached lords asked leave, and were permitted to withdraw.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
They soon came to "an ambuscade of Indians," but no Indians stayed within it to impeach their passage.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
Let us travel back to the impeachment of the DUKE OF YORK, in the case of the celebrated MRS. CLARK.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
This machine has nothing to impeach the novelty of Hussey's inventions.
"Obed Hussey" by Various
Strafford was impeached for high treason, and executed on Tower Hill.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
He was accused of having appropriated the great bronze gates at Veii, and was impeached by one of the Tribunes.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
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In poetry:

And, arm'd with truth, impeach'd the Don
Of his enormous crimes,
Which I'll unfold to you anon
In low but faithful rhymes.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Listen for pity—I impeach
The tyrant Love that, after play,
Dribbles on Beauty's cheek, and still
Refuses to be moved away.
"Love Impeached" by William H Davies
The poverty-stricken millions
Who challenge our wine and bread,
And impeach us all as traitors,
Both the living and the dead.
"The Challenge. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the pulpit I've known of his preaching,
Out of hearing behind the time,
Some statement of Balaam's impeaching,
Giving Eve a due sense of her crime.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
Without impeaching William's merit,
His head but served him for the letter;
Hers missed the words, but kept the spirit;
Her memory to her heart was debtor.
"The Text" by Charles Lamb

In news:

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Mecham impeachment trial helped launch career of new Supreme Court justice.
Why hasn't Barack Hussein Obama been impeached .
The aborted move to impeach the minister reflects unease over the severe drop in the currency's value, mostly because of Western sanctions over Iran's suspect nuclear program.
Last month, Parliament impeached President Traian Basescu after a majority voted that he had seriously violated the constitution.
Romanian election officials have declared that a referendum to impeach the nation's president on grounds that he overstepped his authority had failed because of low voter turnout.
'The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln' review: What would have happened had Lincoln lived.
View full size The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen L Carter.
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The House votes to impeach him.
President Clinton was impeached , but not convicted, for lying under oath to a grand jury.
Why is Romania's president facing impeachment vote.
Paraguay's Fernando Lugo, impeached from the presidency on June 22 (Wikimedia Commons).
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In science:

This choice of the coordinate x4 is very important, because it eliminates the problem that impeached the Kaluza Klein theory of to do a complete unification between the gravitational field and the electromagnetic field.
Proposing a Experimental Astronomical Test to the Existence of the Quantum Strings
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