- to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
- to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.
Origin of arraign
Examples from the Web for arraign
The police locked him in a cell, and made plans to arraign Picasso.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
It was for this that I arraigned my colleague, and that I intend to arraign him.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes
James Quay Howard
He could not chide her for it, nor arraign her with one bitter thought.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
I have met no one that can see his own faults and arraign himself within.The Sayings Of Confucius
Let us arraign her before our sacred tribunal, and have her into court.A Simpleton
And I,—who would dare to suspect, to arraign, the Prince di—?Zicci, Complete
- to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment
- to call to account; complain about; accuse
Word Origin and History for arraign
late 14c., araynen, "to call to account," from Old French araisnier "speak to, address; accuse (in a law court)," from Vulgar Latin *arrationare, from Latin adrationare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *rationare, from ratio "argumentation, reckoning, calculation" (see ratio). Sense of "to call up on a criminal charge" is c.1400. The excrescent -g- is a 16c. overcorrection based on reign, etc. Related: Arraigned; arraigning.