Impeach Definition

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To challenge or discredit (a person's honor, reputation, etc.)
Webster's New World
To make an accusation against.
Impeach someone of a crime.
American Heritage
To formally charge (a public official) with malfeasance in office.
Webster's New World
To raise doubts about; discredit or disparage.
Impeach a witness's credibility; impeach someone's character.
American Heritage
To remove from office (a public official so charged)
Webster's New World
A challenge or accusation.
Webster's New World

Origin of Impeach

  • Middle English empechen to impede, accuse from Anglo-Norman empecher from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle Latin in- in in–2 Latin pedica fetter ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman empecher, from Old French empeechier (“hinder”) (French empêcher), from Latin impedicare (“fetter”)

    From Wiktionary

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