Impeacher

impeach

[im-peech]
verb (used with object)
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 question; cast an imputation upon: to impeach a person's motives.
5.
to call to account.
noun
6.
Obsolete, impeachment.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English empechen, enpeshen < Anglo-French empecher < Late Latin impedicāre to fetter, trap, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + pedic(a) a fetter (derivative of pēs foot) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix

impeacher, noun
unimpeached, adjective


4. question, challenge, impugn.
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impeach (ɪmˈpiːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  criminal law to bring a charge or accusation against
2.  (Brit) criminal law to accuse of a crime, esp of treason or some other offence against the state
3.  chiefly (US) to charge (a public official) with an offence committed in office
4.  to challenge or question (a person's honesty, integrity, etc)
 
[C14: from Old French empeechier, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle, catch, from Latin im- (in) + pedica a fetter, from pēs foot]
 
im'peacher
 
n

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impeach
c.1380, "to impede, hinder, prevent," from Anglo-Fr. empecher, from O.Fr. empeechier "hinder" (12c.), from L.L. impedicare "to fetter, catch, entangle," from L. in- "in" + pedica "shackle," from pes (gen. pedis) "foot." Sense of "accuse a public officer of misconduct" first recorded 1568, via confusion
with L. impetere "attack, accuse."
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