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arraignment

[uh-reyn-muh nt] /əˈreɪn mənt/
noun
1.
an act of arraigning or the state of being arraigned.
2.
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
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English arainement < Middle French araisnement. See arraign, -ment
Related forms
nonarraignment, noun
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  • He was one of the youngest of the Senate at the time of Socrates' arraignment.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • Nevertheless, Mary went on with her arraignment uncompromisingly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Not Garrison himself ever made so vigorous and powerful an arraignment of slavery as did this Southerner.

    The Battle of Principles Newell Dwight Hillis
  • It is an arraignment which humiliates the descendants of the members of that body.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • It is not the purpose of this article to argue the cause of the man of science, or to say whether or not this arraignment is just.

Word Origin and History for arraignment
n.

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

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