• WordNet 3.6
    • n arraignment a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arraignment A calling to an account to faults; accusation. "In the sixth satire, which seems only an Arraignment of the whole sex, there is a latent admonition."
    • Arraignment (Law) The act of arraigning, or the state of being arraigned; the act of calling and setting a prisoner before a court to answer to an indictment or complaint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arraignment In law, the act of arraigning; the act of calling and setting a prisoner before a court to answer to an accusation. The form usually includes calling the prisoner, sometimes requiring him to stand or hold up his hand by way of identification, reading the indictment to him, and asking him whether he pleads guilty or not guilty.
    • n arraignment Accusation before any tribunal, as that of reason, taste, etc.; a calling in question for faults; accusation.
    • n arraignment Synonyms Prosecution, impeachment, indictment.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. arraynement, aresnement,


In literature:

It was a terrible arraignment.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
The king was arraigned at this court upon the charge of treason, convicted, and condemned to die on the 21st of January, 1793.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
His enemy, however, was too quick for him, and his public arraignment of that enemy was prevented by his own death.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
Innocence suddenly arraigned is oft as confused as guilt.
"The House of Walderne" by A. D. Crake
THE trial now came on, and Roger Acton stood arraigned of robbery and murder.
"The Crock of Gold" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
A stupendous arraignment of modern marriage which has created an interest on the stage that is almost unparalleled.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Denunciation, citation, arraignment, persecution, indictment, impeachment, apprehension, arrest, committal, imprisonment.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Florentine arraigned before a Judge.
"The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
So he arraigned her, terribly, without malice, and without pity.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
The party returned to Geneva, and the next day Duncan was formally arraigned.
"The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton

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
Beware! Those beauteous lineaments
Of girlhood shrine a force sublime,
Which moulds to fearful use events,
And dares arraign Imperial crime.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
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:

Culpepper pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.
A judge has postponed the arraignment of a woman who pepper-sprayed employees after they caught her stealing bacon, cheese and other goodies from the Piggly Wiggly on Lexington Road three months ago.
The family of the teenage girls accused of beating a 48-year-old woman in Chester were at court Friday for their arraignment.
Robert O'Neill, US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, after the arraignment.
His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Nathaniel Chaffee with attorney Julianne Woolard at Monday's arraignment.
Atkinson was arraigned his felony Arson charge, after allegedly burning his father's house last June in a fit of revenge.
Portland man arraigned for son's gun access .
The father of the 11-year-old Portland boy accused of attempted robbery was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of endangering a child by allowing access to a firearm.
Angela Marie Anthony, 32, was arraigned on charges of armed robbery.
Accomplice suspect to be arraigned in Boardman home invasion.
Brothers accused of Lotto scam pleaded not guilty, arraigned on charges.
A man charged with second degree spousal abuse in the death of his 400-pound wife returned to court Monday to waive his arraignment .
The owner of a Kia car dealership in Nashville waived his arraignment on charges of assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Representing the DWI Defendant in New York from Arraignment to Disposition.