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Meaning of IMPEACH

Pronunciation:  im'peech

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "He charged the man with spousal abuse"
  2. [v]  charge with a crime or misdemeanor
  3. [v]  charge with an offense or misdemeanor; "The public officials were impeached"
  4. [v]  challenge the honesty or credibility of; as of witnesses

IMPEACH is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: accuse, criminate, incriminate
 See Also: arraign, challenge, charge, file, impeach, lodge, recriminate, reproach, upbraid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*peach"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impeached}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Impeaching}.] [OE. empeechier to prevent, hinder,
    bar, F. emp[^e]cher, L. impedicare to entangle; pref. im- in
    + pedica fetter, fr. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and
    {Appeach}, {Dispatch}, {Impede}.]
    1. To hinder; to impede; to prevent. [Obs.]
             These ungracious practices of his sons did impeach
             his journey to the Holy Land.         --Sir J.
             A defluxion on my throat impeached my utterance.
    2. 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 judgement of official misconduct; to
       arraign; as, to impeach a judge. See {Impeachment}.
    3. Hence, to charge with impropriety; to dishonor; to bring
       discredit on; to call in question; as, to impeach one's
       motives or conduct.
             And doth impeach the freedom of the state. --Shak.
    4. (Law) To challenge or discredit the credibility of, as of
       a witness, or the validity of, as of commercial paper.
    Note: When used in law with reference to a witness, the term
          signifies, to discredit, to show or prove unreliable or
          unworthy of belief; when used in reference to the
          credit of witness, the term denotes, to impair, to
          lessen, to disparage, to destroy. The credit of a
          witness may be impeached by showing that he has made
          statements out of court contradictory to what he swears
          at the trial, or by showing that his reputation for
          veracity is bad, etc.
    Syn: To accuse; arraign; censure; criminate; indict; impair;
         disparage; discredit. See {Accuse}.
  2. \Im*peach"\, n.
    Hindrance; impeachment. [Obs.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you or someone has been impeached indicates your desire to challenge authority. You are not afraid in letting others know about your position, even though it is not a popular one.
Thesaurus Terms
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