impeach

  • 1 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

  • 2 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},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Impeach — Im*peach , n. Hindrance; impeachment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 impeach — im•peach [[t]ɪmˈpitʃ[/t]] v. t. 1) gov to accuse (a public official) of misconduct in office by bringing charges before an appropriate tribunal 2) law to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness[/ex] 3) to bring an accusation against 4) …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 impeach — [14] Impeach has nothing to do with peaches. In fact it is closely related to impede, and indeed originally meant ‘impede’ in English. Both verbs comes ultimately from Latin pēs ‘foot’. Impede [17] goes back to Latin impedīre, a compound verb… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 impeach — To accuse; to charge a liability upon; to sue. To dispute, disparage, deny, or contradict; as, to impeach a judgment or decree, or impeach a witness; or as used in the rule that a jury cannot impeach their verdict . To proceed against a public… …

    Black's law dictionary

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  • 16 impeach — [14] Impeach has nothing to do with peaches. In fact it is closely related to impede, and indeed originally meant ‘impede’ in English. Both verbs comes ultimately from Latin pēs ‘foot’. Impede [17] goes back to Latin impedīre, a compound verb… …

    Word origins

  • 17 impeach — impeacher, n. /im peech /, v.t. 1. to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office. 2. Chiefly Law. to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness. 3. to bring an accusation against. 4. to call in… …

    Universalium

  • 18 impeach — This word means to accuse (especially an official), to bring charges against, to challenge the credibility of someone, to call to account. Impeach comes from a Latin term meaning to trap, and, contrary to widespread opinion, does not mean to… …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 impeach — UK [ɪmˈpiːtʃ] / US [ɪmˈpɪtʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms impeach : present tense I/you/we/they impeach he/she/it impeaches present participle impeaching past tense impeached past participle impeached to formally accuse a public official of a… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 impeach — /ɪmˈpitʃ / (say im peech) verb (t) 1. to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness. 2. to call (a person, especially an elected official) before a competent tribunal to answer an accusation in respect of treason or some other grave… …

    Australian English dictionary