American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make an accusation against.
- v. To charge (a public official) with improper conduct in office before a proper tribunal.
- v. To challenge the validity of; try to discredit: impeach a witness's credibility.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hinder; impede.
- To call in question; accuse of wrong or error; bring discredit on; disparage; accuse: as, to impeach one's motives; to impeach the credit of a witness.
- Specifically, to prefer charges of official misconduct against, before a competent tribunal; bring to account by trial for malfeasance in office. See impeachment, 3.
- To call to account; charge as answerable.
- n. Same as impeachment.
- v. To hinder.
- v. To bring a legal proceeding against a public official, asserting that because he or she committed some offense, he or she should be removed from office.
- v. To discredit an individual or group with presumed expertise.
- v. law To demonstrate in court that a testimony under oath contradicts another testimony from the same person, usually one taken during deposition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To hinder; to impede; to prevent.
- v. To charge with a crime or misdemeanor; to accuse; especially to charge (a public officer), before a competent tribunal, with misbehavior in office; to cite before a tribunal for judgment of official misconduct; to arraign. See Impeachment.
- v. Hence, to charge with impropriety; to dishonor; to bring discredit on; to call in question.
- v. (Law) To challenge or discredit the credibility of, as of a witness, or the validity of, as of commercial paper.
- n. obsolete Hindrance; impeachment.
- v. challenge the honesty or veracity of
- v. bring an accusation against; level a charge against
- v. charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
- French empêcher ("hinder"), from Latin impedicare ("fetter") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English empechen, to impede, accuse, from Anglo-Norman empecher, from Late Latin impedicāre, to entangle : Latin in-, in; + Latin pedica, fetter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If this keeps up the word impeach will soon be heard across the land.”
“Most people don't know the meaning of the word impeach, nor the difference between impeachment, ”
“They are clearly using the word impeach in order to show their frustration with the president, which they are entitled to do so under the constitution, just like you are entitled to say they are idiot.”
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“The only downside is that it would require at least 16 GOP votes in the Senate to impeach, which is not there yet.”
“The most important reason to impeach is to open up hearings -- hearings that Bush is not allowed to claim presidential privilege to block subpoenas. ”
“The most important reason to impeach is to open up hearings -- hearings that Bush is not allowed to claim presidential privilege to block subpoenas.”
“So when Speaker Pelosi tells the cowards in her House that "impeachment is off the table" because the fight to impeach is too hard, Kucinich doesn't believe her.”
“I don't want America to be as amoral as the modern corporation, and my belief is that if we don't act within the provisions of the Constitution to impeach, that is exactly what we've become.”
“Can you effectively "impeach" someone who's already tendered his resignation?”
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