- When a president is declared unfit for office because of his past actions, this is an example of when you impeach the president.
- When you call into question whether someone is acting with honest motives, this is an example of when you impeach his motives.
- to challenge or discredit (a person's honor, reputation, etc.)
- to formally charge (a public official) with malfeasance in office
- loosely to remove from office (a public official so charged)
Origin of impeachMiddle English empechen ; from Old French empechier, to hinder ; from Late Latin impedicare, to fetter, entangle ; from Classical Latin in-, in + pedica, a fetter ; from pes, foot
transitive verbim·peached, im·peach·ing, im·peach·es
- a. To make an accusation against: impeach someone of a crime.b. To bring formal charges against (a public official) for wrongdoing while in office.
- To raise doubts about; discredit or disparage: impeach a witness's credibility; impeach someone's character.
Origin of impeachMiddle English empechen, to impede, accuse, from Anglo-Norman empecher, from Late Latin impedicare, to entangle : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin pedica, fetter; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present impeaches, present participle impeaching, simple past and past participle impeached)
- To hinder, impede, or prevent.
- To bring a legal proceeding against a public official, asserting that because he or she committed some offense, he or she should be removed from office.
- To charge with impropriety; to discredit; to call into question.
- (law) To demonstrate in court that a testimony under oath contradicts another testimony from the same person, usually one taken during deposition.