arraignment

[uh-reyn-muh nt]
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noun
  1. an act of arraigning or the state of being arraigned.
  2. a calling into question or a finding fault, especially with respect to the value or virtue of something; critical examination.

Origin of arraignment

1400–50; late Middle English arainement < Middle French araisnement. See arraign, -ment
Related formsnon·ar·raign·ment, noun
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Word Origin and History for arraignment
n.

mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).

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