To accuse someone of a crime is an example of arraign.
- to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges
- to call to account; accuse
Origin of arraignMiddle English arreinen from Old French araisnier from Medieval Latin adrationare from Classical Latin ad, to + ratio, reason
transitive verbar·raigned, ar·raign·ing, ar·raigns
- Law To call (an accused person) before a criminal court to hear and answer the charge made against him or her.
- To call to account; accuse: “Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” ( James Boswell )
Origin of arraignMiddle English arreinen from Old French araisnier from Vulgar Latin adratiōnāre to call to account Latin ad- ad- Latin ratiō ratiōn- account ; see reason .
(third-person singular simple present arraigns, present participle arraigning, simple past and past participle arraigned)
- To officially charge someone in a court of law.
- To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.
- the clerk of the arraigns
French arraisonner (to verify the cargo of a vessel or avion) , from raison