Definition of impeach in English:

impeach

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)

    ‘there is no desire to impeach the privileges of the House of Commons’
    • ‘In article 9, the bill declared ‘freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament’.’
    • ‘The physician's testimony might be impeached, and the report thereby discredited.’
    • ‘There was the prospect of drug tales (the defense was moving to get this chain of questions in) and gossip from the demimonde to impeach his credibility.’
    • ‘This privatization of communal resources can impeach the integrity of scientific research.’
    • ‘They obviously decided that they weren't going to be able to impeach my integrity, so they made the decision to leak the name of a national-security asset, who happened to be my wife.’
    • ‘Opposing attorneys invariably will attempt to impeach the credibility or competence of an expert witness.’
    • ‘The most popular tactic is to impeach the credibility of the victim.’
    challenge, question, call into question, cast doubt on, raise doubts about
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    1. 1.1British Charge (someone) with treason or another crime against the state.
      • ‘On his return, he was impeached for incompetence and his bishopric sequestrated, until 1385.’
      • ‘After an official review of his actions, he was impeached for his dissolution of 1936, which the report argued should have occurred two years previously.’
      • ‘He was impeached of high treason by the Long Parliament in 1640, committed to the Tower in 1641, tried in 1644, condemned, and beheaded.’
      • ‘The following year parliament protested that he was exceeding his powers and 70 MPs voted to impeach him.’
      • ‘What happened to the 21 MPs who planned to impeach him?’
    2. 1.2US Charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.
      • ‘He should be impeached, but he won't be because the American public has no idea of what is going on.’
      • ‘An interesting academic debate could be had about whether there are circumstances in which a judge could rightly be impeached for making lawless rulings.’
      • ‘The Constitution requires only a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly to impeach the president.’
      • ‘In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was impeached for denying a jury's right to judge law.’
      • ‘Only a handful of federal judges have ever been impeached under this high standard.’
      • ‘One justice of the Supreme Court, Samuel Chase, was impeached in 1804, but was not convicted.’
      • ‘It is a tenet of impeachment law that we don't impeach judges for their decisions, but rather for conduct which makes them unfit to serve.’
      • ‘And it would impeach any judge that violated the provisions of the bill.’
      • ‘Obviously, a Republican-controlled Congress is not about to impeach its own president.’
      • ‘William Belknap, secretary of war under Ulysses Grant, was impeached by the House on bribery charges and resigned from office.’
      • ‘The House promptly proceeded, acting in a purely partisan manner, to impeach the president, and send the matter to trial in the Senate.’
      • ‘While it is theoretically possible to impeach federal judges for the decisions they make, where would the Republicans start?’
      • ‘In that case he could and should be impeached and removed from office, unanimously.’
      • ‘The last and only justice to be impeached was Samuel Chase in 1805.’
      • ‘While he can be impeached for abusing this power, he cannot be criminally charged for such an abuse while in office.’
      • ‘The House has impeached a dozen judges, most recently in 1989.’
      • ‘Under our Constitution, impeaching judges is extremely difficult.’
      • ‘The uncovering of serious acts of judicial misconduct could end up with a recommendation to impeach a judge.’
      • ‘The president, the first Asian leader to be impeached, will be removed from office if found guilty of any of the four charges.’
      • ‘It's important to recall that when Richard Nixon resigned, he was about to be impeached by the House of Representatives for misusing the CIA and FBI.’

Origin

Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘hinder, prevent’; earlier as empeche): from Old French empecher impede, from late Latin impedicare catch, entangle (based on pedica a fetter, from pes, ped- foot). Compare with impede.

Pronunciation:

impeach

/ɪmˈpiːtʃ/