- The definition of impeach is to charge someone in an official position with misconduct, or to question whether something is valid or proper.
- 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 challenge the practices or honesty of; accuse; esp., to bring (a public official) before the proper tribunal on charges of wrongdoing
Origin: Middle English empechen from Old French empechier, to hinder from Late Latin impedicare, to fetter, entangle from Classical Latin in-, inch(es) plush pedica, a fetter from pes, foot
- impeachment noun
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transitive verb im·peached, im·peach·ing, im·peach·es
- a. To make an accusation against.b. To charge (a public official) with improper conduct in office before a proper tribunal.
- To challenge the validity of; try to discredit: impeach a witness's credibility.
Origin: Middle English empechen, to impede, accuse, from Anglo-Norman empecher, from Late Latin impedicāre, to entangle : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pedica, fetter; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- im·peachˈer noun
- im·peachˈment noun