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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

arraign

\uh-REYN\ , verb;
1.
to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
2.
to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.
Quotes:
“Don't pin this on the police force; it was the bailiff's mistake. Nobody even told me he was in the courtroom.” And where else would he be, if his son's abuser was being arraigned?
-- Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match, 2002
In the same manner we are not to arraign the squire of any want of love for his daughter; for in reality he had a great deal...
-- Henry Fielding, This History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
Origin:
Arraign shares its root with the word ratio. It comes from the Latin ad- + rationare literally meaning "to reason."
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