The definition of arraign is to bring a person in front of a judge to formally charge him with a crime and to record his response.verb
To accuse someone of a crime is an example of arraign.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges
- to call to account; accuse
Origin: ME arreinen < OFr araisnier < ML adrationare < L ad, to + ratio, reason
- arraignment noun
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transitive verb ar·raigned, ar·raign·ing, ar·raigns
- Law To call (an accused person) before a court to answer the charge made against him or her by indictment, information, or complaint.
- To call to account; accuse: “Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” (James Boswell).
Origin: Middle English arreinen, from Old French araisnier, from Vulgar Latin *adratiōnāre, to call to account : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, account; see reason.
- ar·raignˈer noun
- ar·raignˈment noun