• WordNet 3.6
    • v arraign accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    • v arraign call before a court to answer an indictment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arraign Arraignment; as, the clerk of the arraigns .
    • v. t Arraign (Old Eng. Law) To appeal to; to demand; as, to arraign an assize of novel disseizin.
    • Arraign (Law) To call or set as a prisoner at the bar of a court to answer to the matter charged in an indictment or complaint.
    • Arraign To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal. "They will not arraign you for want of knowledge.""It is not arrogance, but timidity, of which the Christian body should now be arraigned by the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arraign In law, to call to or set at the bar of a court, in order to plead guilty or not guilty to the matter charged in an indictment or information. This term is unknown in the law of Scotland, except in trials for high treason, in which the forms of procedure in England and Scotland are the same.
    • arraign Hence To call in question for faults, before any tribunal; call before the bar of reason or of taste; accuse or charge in general.
    • arraign Synonyms Accuse, Charge, Indict. See accuse.
    • n arraign Arraignment: as, the clerk of the arraigns. Blackstone.
    • arraign In old law, to appeal to; claim; demand: in the phrase to arraign an assize, to demand, and hence to institute or prepare, a trial or an action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Arraign ar-rān′ to call one to account: to put a prisoner upon trial: to accuse publicly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. arainen, arenen, OF. aragnier, aranier, araisnier, F. arraisonner, fr. LL. arrationare, to address to call before court; L. ad, + ratio, reason, reasoning, LL. cause, judgment. See Reason
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aresnier—Low L. arrationāre—L. ad, to, rationem, reason.


In literature:

Then your specific charge against the Westmore mills is part of a general arraignment of all employers of labour?
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The earls of Essex and Southampton were arraigned before a jury of twenty-five peers, where Buckhurst acted as lord steward.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
You are arraigned in perfectly legal fashion.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Shortly afterward he was arraigned on the same charges before the Comitia of the Curies in the Peteline Grove.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Genucius, a tribune of the people, arraigned the consuls on their going out of office.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
Was there enough to acquit the other defendant who stood arraigned?
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
But who are those that arraign the South, imputing to us motives of sectional aggrandizement?
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Let us now observe in brief the price of prudery thus arraigned.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
He replied to their arraignments in an angry but very effective letter.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Lord Palmerston will arraign the minister in the council.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

Yet why should not the culprit know
Wherefore he stands arraigned?
Why should the expiating blow
Fall on him unexplained?
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
Bid me no more a servile realm compare,
No more the Muse of partial praise arraign;
Britannia sees no foreign breast so fair,
And, if she glory, glories not in vain.
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
Well may'st thou pause, and gloom, and stare,
A visible conscience: I arraign
Thee, criminal Cloud, of rare
Contempts on Mercy, Right, and Prayer, --
Of murders, arsons, thefts, -- of nameless stain.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
And when you came,
Three nights had I in dust and ashes lain
Before my God and wept--aye, and at times
Arraigned my maker, raged, and cursed myself
And the whole world, and to Christianity
Swore unrelenting hate.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
'Tis this, my beloved, which spreads gloom o'er my features,
Though I ne'er shall presume to arraign the decree,
Which God has proclaim'd as the fate of his creatures,
In the death which will one day deprive you of me.
"To Caroline: When I Hear That You Express An Affection So Warm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Be there, for once and all,
Severed great minds from small,
Announced to each his station in the Past!
Was I, the world arraigned,
Were they, my soul disdained,
Right? Let age speak the truth and give us peace at last!
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

In news:

Former Nanticoke official waives DUI crash-related charges, faces arraignment .
Lindsay Lohan did not show up for her court arraignment where she was to be formally charged with lying to police, obstructing an officer, and reckless driving after she allegedly crashed her Porsche into the back of a truck last June.
The man accused of stabbing his former co-worker and burning his body will be formally arraigned Wednesday.
Cabrera's arraignment set for next month.
(AP) — Arraignment is scheduled for a former employee of a Tulsa mega-church on sex crime charges.
(AP) — Arraignment is delayed for a former employee of a Tulsa mega-church on sex crime charges.
A former corrections officer has been arraigned on federal charges of accepting a bribe after officials say he smuggled prohibited items to a federal prison inmate.
Twins charged in killing of man whose body was found in concrete arraigned in Fla.
David Garrick Walston was arraigned before Judge Thomas Phillips in 86th District Court on charges of poaching seven deer and a black bear.
Teen pleads not guilty at poaching arraignment .
Comedian Katt Williams a no-show at arraignment for Seattle assault charges.
Comedian Katt Williams a no-show at arraignment .
SEATTLE — Comedian Katt Williams didn't show up at an arraignment hearing in Seattle to face assault charges stemming from several run-ins with people and police last weekend.
SEATTLE—Comedian Katt Williams didn't show up at an arraignment hearing in Seattle to face assault charges stemming from several run-ins with people and police last weekend.
SEATTLE (AP) Comedian Katt Williams didn't show up at an arraignment hearing in Seattle to face assault charges stemming from several run-ins with people and police last weekend.