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[uh-reyn-muh nt] /əˈreɪn mənt/
an act of arraigning or the state of being arraigned.
a calling into question or a finding fault, especially with respect to the value or virtue of something; critical examination.
Origin of arraignment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English arainement < Middle French araisnement. See arraign, -ment
Related forms
nonarraignment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for arraignment
  • But here is a substantial arraignment of this supposed result of modern school methods.
  • If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, you will probably need to appear for an arraignment on the charge.
  • If you have been charged with a felony offense you will need to appear for arraignment on the charge.
  • The judge at arraignment will not grant a defendant's request to dismiss any charges.
  • If you have been arrested for breaking a criminal law, you will be taken to the district court for an arraignment.
Word Origin and History for arraignment

mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).

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