transitive verb Etymology: Middle English arreinen, from Anglo-French areisner, arener, from a- (from Latin ad-) + raisner to address, from Vulgar Latin *rationare, from Latin ration-, ratio reason — more at reason Date: 14th century 1. to call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment ; charge 2. to accuse of wrong, inadequacy, or imperfectionarraignment noun

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  • arraign — ar·raign /ə rān/ vt [Anglo French arrainer, from Old French araisnier to address, call to account, from a , prefix stressing goal of an action + raisnier to speak]: to bring (a defendant) before a judge or magistrate to hear the charges and to… …   Law dictionary

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arraigned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arraigning}.] [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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , v. t. [From OF. aramier, fr. LL. adhramire.] (Old Eng. Law) To appeal to; to demand; as, to arraign an assize of novel disseizin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , n. Arraignment; as, the clerk of the arraigns. Blackstone. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arraign — (v.) late 14c., araynen, to call to account, from O.Fr. araisnier speak to, address; accuse (in a law court), from V.L. *arrationare, from L. adrationare, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + *rationare, from ratio argumentation, reckoning,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • arraign — charge, *accuse, impeach, indict, incriminate Analogous words: *summon, cite: try, test (see PROVE) Contrasted words: *answer, rejoin, reply, respond: acquit, exonerate, *exculpate, absolve, vindicate: defend, justify (see MA …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • arraign — [v] accuse blame, charge, criminate, hang on, incriminate, inculpate, indict, lay at one’s door*, pin it on*, point the finger at*, summon; concepts 44,317 Ant. discharge, exonerate, free, let go …   New thesaurus

  • arraign — ► VERB ▪ call before a court to answer a criminal charge. DERIVATIVES arraignment noun. ORIGIN Old French araisnier, from Latin ad to + ratio reason, account …   English terms dictionary

  • arraign — [ə rān′] vt. [ME arreinen < OFr araisnier < ML adrationare < L ad, to + ratio, REASON] 1. to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges 2. to call to account; accuse SYN. ACCUSE arraignment n …   English World dictionary

  • arraign — UK [əˈreɪn] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms arraign : present tense I/you/we/they arraign he/she/it arraigns present participle arraigning past tense arraigned past participle arraigned legal to order someone to go to a court… …   English dictionary

  • arraign — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. indict, charge, accuse. See accusation, lawsuit. Ant., discharge, exonerate. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. summon, charge, indict; see accuse . See Synonym Study at accuse . III (Roget s 3… …   English dictionary for students

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