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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Definitions for arraign

  1. to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
  2. to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.

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Citations for arraign
“Don't pin this on the police force; it was the bailiff's mistake. Nobody even told me he was in the courtroom.” And where else would he be, if his son's abuser was being arraigned? Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match, 2002
In the same manner we are not to arraign the squire of any want of love for his daughter; for in reality he had a great deal... Henry Fielding, This History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
Origin of arraign
Arraign shares its root with the word ratio. It comes from the Latin ad- + rationare literally meaning "to reason."