- the impeaching of a public official before an appropriate tribunal.
- (in Congress or a state legislature) the presentation of formal charges against a public official by the lower house, trial to be before the upper house.
- demonstration that a witness is less worthy of belief.
- the act of impeaching.
- the state of being impeached.
Origin of impeachment
Examples from the Web for impeachment
Republican leaders today are doing the same thing, using the media to tell their members there will be no impeachment.
“Impeachment is a riveting event in the history of the country,” Kucinich says.
But an absence of niceties nor an unwillingness to conform is not a legitimate cause for impeachment.The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent
October 27, 2014
Moreover, without any credible justification, they have even gone so far as to call for impeachment proceedings against him.Eric Holder’s Legacy: Bold on Equality, Less So on Civil Liberties
Geoffrey R. Stone
September 26, 2014
Forty years after Richard Nixon resigned from office, talk of impeachment is once again in the air.Four Decades of Declining Trust in D.C.
August 11, 2014
In the Andrew Johnson impeachment case was it not better that things were as they were?'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
"Ah, no," she pleaded—she knew how true was the impeachment.
That fat fool Albemarle had swallowed my impeachment like a draught of muscadine.
He admitted the impeachment in the midst of his astonishment with an abruptness equal to her own.The Golden Woman
The Commons insisted on carrying his impeachment to the bar of the Lords.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)</p>
John Richard Green
- rare (in England) committal by the House of Commons, esp of a minister of the Crown, for trial by the House of Lords. The last instance occurred in 1805
- (in the US) a proceeding brought against a federal government official
- an accusation or charge
- obsolete discredit; reproach
Word Origin and History for impeachment
late 14c., enpechement "accusation, charge," from Old French empechement, from empeechier (see impeach). As a judicial proceeding against a public official, from 1640s.
A formal accusation of wrongdoing against a public official. According to the United States Constitution, the House of Representatives can vote to impeach an official, but the Senate actually tries the case. Several presidencies have been blemished by impeachment or the threat of impeachment: President Andrew Johnson was impeached after the Civil War but was acquitted. President Richard Nixon resigned from office as the House of Representatives prepared to initiate impeachment proceedings. President William Jefferson Clinton was impeached in 1998 but was acquitted by the Senate the following year.