Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
- n. A calling in question; accusation of wrong or error; disparagement: as, an impeachment of one's motives or conduct, or of the credibility of a witness.
- n. A calling to account; arraignment; the act of charging with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically, the exhibition of charges of mal-administration against a high public officer before a competent tribunal. In the United States, the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment of the President, Vice-President, and all civil officers of the United States; the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments, the Chief Justice presiding at the trial of a President; and a two-thirds vote is necessary for conviction. In the case of State officers, there is generally a similar division of functions between the upper and the lower branch of the legislature. In the history of the federal government there have been seven cases of impeachment, the most famous being that of President Johnson in 1868. In only two cases, both of district judges, was a verdict of guilty given. In Great Britain, impeachments are made in the House of Commons and tried by the House of Lords. Prominent impeachments in English history were those of Lord Bacon and Warren Hastings.
- n. The act of impeaching a public official, either elected or appointed, before a tribunal charged with determining the facts of the matter
- n. the state of being impeached
- n. a demonstration, in a court of law, or before other finder of fact, that a witness was ingenious before and therefore is less likely to tell the truth now
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
- n. A calling to account; arraignment; especially, of a public officer for maladministration.
- n. A calling in question as to purity of motives, rectitude of conduct, credibility, etc.; accusation; reproach.
- n. a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
- impeach + -ment (Wiktionary)
“I think the impeachment is about the misuse of funds as well.”
“Perennial congressional gadfly Dennis Kucinich completely lost his political screws when he even uttered the word "impeachment" of President Obama over his action in Libya.”
“BTW -- according to WikiPedia, "impeachment" is a charge brought against any high level officials.”
“The South Carolina legislature should begin impeachment proceedings in earnest against Mark Sanford charging him with dereliction of duty, misuse of public property and tax payer funds.”
“Legislators of both parties say impeachment is an unlikely option.”
“The reason Hastings retained the right to hold office is because the judgment in impeachment (which is provided for in the constitution) did not extend to or include disqualification to hold office.”
“The most that Congress can impose via conviction on impeachment is removal from office and disqualification.”
“The funny part about the Clinton impeachment is that the more the Beltway bloviators were scandalized and demanded that Clinton resign, the higher his poll numbers went.”
“If the impeachment is successful, I hope President Obama appoints him to a federal court judgeship.”
“How about that “impeachment is off the table” Speaker of the House?”
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