Mi·​ran·​dize | \ mə-ˈran-ˌdīz How to pronounce Mirandize (audio) \
Mirandized; Mirandizing

Definition of Mirandize

transitive verb

: to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest)

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"You have the right to remain silent...." These seven words typically begin the notification that police recite to inform a suspect of his or her rights while in custody. The law requiring this recitation stemmed from a 1966 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Miranda v. Arizona) in which the court overturned the conviction of Ernesto A. Miranda on charges of rape and kidnapping. The court had determined that Miranda confessed to the crime without being informed that he could remain silent during questioning. The list of rights that must be recited to a suspect in custody subsequently became known as "the Miranda warnings." And by the 1970s, people began using the verb Mirandize in reference to such a recitation.

First Known Use of Mirandize

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Mirandize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mirandize. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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transitive verb
mi·​ran·​dize | \ mə-ˈran-ˌdīz \
mirandized; mirandizing

Legal Definition of mirandize

: to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest)


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