impeachment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impeachment a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impeachment The act of impeaching, or the state of being impeached☞ In England, it is the privilege or right of the House of Commons to impeach, and the right of the House of Lords to try and determine impeachments. In the United States, it is the right of the House of Representatives to impeach, and of the Senate to try and determine impeachments. "Willing to march on to Calais,
      Without impeachment ."
      "The consequence of Coriolanus' impeachment had like to have been fatal to their state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impeachment Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
    • n impeachment A calling in question; accusation of wrong or error; disparagement: as, an impeachment of one's motives or conduct, or of the credibility of a witness.
    • n impeachment A calling to account; arraignment; the act of charging with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically, the exhibition of charges of mal-administration against a high public officer before a competent tribunal. In the United States, the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment of the President, Vice-President, and all civil officers of the United States; the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments, the Chief Justice presiding at the trial of a President; and a two-thirds vote is necessary for conviction. In the case of State officers, there is generally a similar division of functions between the upper and the lower branch of the legislature. In the history of the federal government there have been seven cases of impeachment, the most famous being that of President Johnson in 1868. In only two cases, both of district judges, was a verdict of guilty given. In Great Britain, impeachments are made in the House of Commons and tried by the House of Lords. Prominent impeachments in English history were those of Lord Bacon and Warren Hastings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Impeachment an exceptional form of process whereby the House of Commons may obtain redress for any high crimes and misdemeanours committed by peers and ministers of the Crown:
    • Impeachment (Shak.) hinderance, obstruction
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. empêchement,
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:

Already, with the first words spoken, Big Fox was impeaching his character.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But this littleness does not impeach their eloquence: their jealousy was the infirmity of human nature.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
When the House of Representatives impeaches an officer of the United States, the impeachment is tried before the Senate sitting as a court.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
St. Paul's character, both as a Minister and as a Christian, was impeached by those enemies.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
If, when it has passed a law, any Court shall refuse to obey its behests, it can impeach the judges.
"The Negro Problem" by Booker T. Washington, et al.
He had, indeed, been preparing a cautious impeachment of me.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
He has secured a verdict that is scarcely to be impeached or influenced by exceptional criticism.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
In 1626 he was impeached, though unsuccessfully, by the House of Commons.
"The Curious Case of Lady Purbeck" by Thomas Longueville
Far be it from me to impeach their motives.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Impeach, viii, 34, hinder.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Even Natal has not escaped this soft impeachment.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
But he deserves it all, only my poor sister is the victim, and the respectability of an honest name is impeached.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Politics to them were embodied in one controlling idea; how to compass the fall, the ruin, the impeachment of Walpole.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
He said that the testimony had been sustained rather than impeached.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Instances are not wanting where judges have been impeached, and removed for dishonest practices.
"Monopolies and the People" by D. C. Cloud
I am afraid that if you impeach the Duke, you must impeach me with him.
"Shrewsbury" by Stanley J. Weyman
It then became a matter of record, and could not be impeached.
"Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3" by Henry Hallam
Persons found guilty on impeachment may be reprieved or pardoned like other convicts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
The Impeachment of Strafford.
"A Student's History of England, v. 2 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
So on with the impeachment trial of Samuel Chase!
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge
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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:

And despite some renewed calls for Bush's impeachment following 9/11, the terrorist attacks of that day effectively blew apart any lingering legitimacy dispute.
Republican lawmakers were warned by pollsters that the impeachment matter could damage the party next year.
Kucinich says Obama "crossed the line," calls attacks on Libya an " indisputable " impeachable offense.
Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told Hotsheet today that it's an " indisputable fact" that President Obama committed an impeachable offense by authorizing a military attack without congressional approval.
Blagojevich Calls Illinois State Senate Impeachment Trial a ' Kangaroo Court '.
A growing number of provincial legislatures in Pakistan are calling on embattled President Pervez Musharraf to face a confidence vote or be impeached -- and speculation abounds on whether he will leave office first.
If You Don't Like the Map, Impeach the Map-Maker .
'The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln': Stephen L Carter's vivid historical mind game .
Republican rhetoric about `the rule of law' sounds high-minded, writes John T Parry, but it can't justify a political impeachment process.
You were impeached for lying under oath.
Impeachment as a tool for political obstructionism.
Mortgage settlement, impeachment resolution & dogs shot.
The trade group Mercosur suspended Paraguay's membership after Fernando Lugo was impeached last week, though it stopped short of sanctions.
An unnamed company has paid for a billboard along Highway 41 in Oshkosh that reads, "Impeach Obama.".
The Philippine House of Representatives voted to impeach the Supreme Court chief justice over corruption allegations.
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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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