Impeach
Impeach Im*peach", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impeached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impeaching}.] [OE. empeechier to prevent, hinder, bar, F. emp[^e]cher, L. impedicare to entangle; pref. im- in + pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and {Appeach}, {Dispatch}, {Impede}.] 1. To hinder; to impede; to prevent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

These ungracious practices of his sons did impeach his journey to the Holy Land. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

A defluxion on my throat impeached my utterance. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

2. 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}. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to charge with impropriety; to dishonor; to bring discredit on; to call in question; as, to impeach one's motives or conduct. [1913 Webster]

And doth impeach the freedom of the state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) To challenge or discredit the credibility of, as of a witness, or the validity of, as of commercial paper. [1913 Webster]

Note: When used in law with reference to a witness, the term signifies, to discredit, to show or prove unreliable or unworthy of belief; when used in reference to the credit of witness, the term denotes, to impair, to lessen, to disparage, to destroy. The credit of a witness may be impeached by showing that he has made statements out of court contradictory to what he swears at the trial, or by showing that his reputation for veracity is bad, etc.

Syn: To accuse; arraign; censure; criminate; indict; impair; disparage; discredit. See {Accuse}. [1913 Webster]


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  • impeach — im·peach /im pēch/ vt [Anglo French empecher, from Old French empeechier to hinder, from Late Latin impedicare to fetter, from Latin in + pedica fetter, from ped pes foot] 1: to charge with a crime or misconduct; specif: to charge (a public… …   Law dictionary

  • Impeach — Im*peach , n. Hindrance; impeachment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impeach — UK US /ɪmˈpiːtʃ/ verb [T] LAW, GOVERNMENT ► especially in the US, to formally accuse a public official of a serious offence in connection with their job: »He was suspended and later impeached amid a $60 million financial scandal. impeachable… …   Financial and business terms

  • impeach — (v.) late 14c., to impede, hinder, prevent, from Anglo Fr. empecher, O.Fr. empeechier hinder (12c., Mod.Fr. empêcher), from L.L. impedicare to fetter, catch, entangle, from from assimilated form of in into, in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + L. pedica… …   Etymology dictionary

  • impeach — indict, incriminate, *accuse, charge, arraign Analogous words: condemn, denounce, blame, censure (see CRITICIZE): try, test, *prove Contrasted words: *exculpate, vindicate, exonerate, acquit, absolve …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impeach — in BrE means ‘to charge with a crime against the State, especially treason’, and in AmE means ‘to charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct’. It does not mean ‘to dismiss from office’ in either variety …   Modern English usage

  • impeach — [v] denounce, censure accuse, arraign, blame, bring charges against, call into question, call to account, cast aspersions on, cast doubt on, challenge, charge, criminate, criticize, discredit, disparage, hold at fault, impugn, incriminate,… …   New thesaurus

  • impeach — ► VERB 1) call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice). 2) Brit. charge with treason or another crime against the state. 3) chiefly US charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct. DERIVATIVES impeachable adjective… …   English terms dictionary

  • impeach — [im pēch′] vt. [ME empechen < OFr empechier, to hinder < LL impedicare, to fetter, entangle < L in , in + pedica, a fetter < pes, FOOT] 1. to challenge or discredit (a person s honor, reputation, etc.) 2. to challenge the practices or …   English World dictionary

  • impeach — v. (D; tr.) to impeach for (to impeach smb. for taking bribes) * * * [ɪm piːtʃ] (D; tr.) to impeach for (to impeach smb. for taking bribes) …   Combinatory dictionary

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