- to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
- Chiefly Law. to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness.
- to bring an accusation against.
- to call in question; cast an imputation upon: to impeach a person's motives.
- to call to account.
- Obsolete. impeachment.
Origin of impeach
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Examples from the Web for impeach
Every call, all over the country, men and women, all said the same thing: Impeach him.The New Cruzians Are Ready to Make Life Hell for Mitch McConnell
November 17, 2014
In 2013, for example, Clovis said that it would be difficult to impeach the President “because he claims to be black.”The Far-Right Radio Host Who Could Deliver the Senate to the GOP
October 6, 2014
Within the House Judiciary Committee, six Republicans voted with 21 Democrats to impeach the president.Four Decades of Declining Trust in D.C.
August 11, 2014
Liberal Democrats wanted to impeach President George W. Bush, but Pelosi took it off the table.Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
August 1, 2014
But GOP candidates are making it clear to voters: We will move to impeach Obama.Don’t Be Fooled: The GOP Wants Impeachment
August 1, 2014
I denounce this person as a liar, and impeach him as a coward.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
She will be in a state of mind to impeach the justice of the Republic.A Tale of Two Cities
Some fool, it appeared, wanted to impeach Babberly, and Babberly said that he wanted to be impeached.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
In a crowded House, he arose to impeach his enemies and traducers.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Do you mean to impeach my attestation of Sir William's signature?Dulcibel
- criminal law to bring a charge or accusation against
- British criminal law to accuse of a crime, esp of treason or some other offence against the state
- mainly US to charge (a public official) with an offence committed in office
- to challenge or question (a person's honesty, integrity, etc)
Word Origin and History for impeach
late 14c., "to impede, hinder, prevent," from Anglo-French empecher, Old French empeechier "hinder" (12c., Modern French empêcher), from Late Latin impedicare "to fetter, catch, entangle," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Latin pedica "shackle," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot." Sense of "accuse a public officer of misconduct" first recorded 1560s, perhaps via confusion with Latin impetere "attack, accuse." Related: Impeached; impeaching.