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impeach

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verb im·peach \im-ˈpēch\

Simple Definition of impeach

  • : to charge (a public official) with a crime done while in office

  • : to cause doubts about the truthfulness of (a witness, testimony, etc.)

Full Definition of impeach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring an accusation against b :  to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically :  to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office c :  to remove from office especially for misconduct

  3. 2 :  to cast doubt on; especially :  to challenge the credibility or validity of <impeach the testimony of a witness>

im·peach·able play \-ˈpē-chə-bəl\ adjective
im·peach·ment play \-ˈpēch-mənt\ noun

Examples of impeach

  1. Congress will vote on whether or not to impeach the President.

  2. The defense lawyers tried to impeach the witness's testimony by forcing him to admit that he had changed his story.



Origin of impeach

Middle English empechen, from Anglo-French empecher, enpechier to ensnare, impede, prosecute, from Late Latin impedicare to fetter, from Latin in- + pedica fetter, from ped-, pes foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 14th century


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impeach

noun im·peach

Definition of impeach

obsolete

  1. :  charge, impeachment



1590

First Known Use of impeach

1590



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