impeach

Impeach means to charge someone with doing something wrong, specifically a high government official, such as the U.S. president, a senator, or a federal judge. Fortunately, very few presidents have had the dishonor of being impeached.

If you impeach a president, you charge him or her with a crime. Congress may vote to impeach a president, but being impeached is only the first step in removing an official from office. Impeach comes from the Latin impedicare, meaning "catch, entangle." To impeach also means to cast doubt on someone's character. In a courtroom, a lawyer could impeach the credibility of a witness in order to discredit whatever that person said.

Definitions of impeach
  1. verb
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    synonyms: accuse, criminate, incriminate
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    reproach, upbraid
    express criticism towards
    arraign
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    recriminate
    return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
    charge, file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
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    accuse, charge
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
  2. verb
    charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
    “The President was impeached
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    charge, file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
  3. verb
    challenge the honesty or veracity of
    “the lawyers tried to impeach the credibility of the witnesses”
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    challenge
    issue a challenge to
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