Definition of impeachment in English:

impeachment

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something.

    ‘the prosecutor's detailed impeachment of the character witness’
    • ‘It did not really occur to them that a speaker might rise to become the ultimate beneficiary on the impeachment of the governor and his deputy.’
    • ‘It is not clear what resulted from the demands for impeachment of the union leadership.’
    • ‘Their three colleagues now urged them to resign to avoid the impeachment which seemed destined otherwise to follow.’
    • ‘It may bring a motion of impeachment.’
    • ‘The first part of his letter was a palpable impeachment of the ministry.’
    • ‘He called for the impeachment of the Supreme Court justices.’
    • ‘There has been for some time evidence available sufficient to warrant impeachment on each of these grounds.’
    • ‘The impeachment was spawned by an accusation by his estranged drinking and gambling buddy.’
    • ‘They found that a prosecutor's detailed, negative impeachment of the character witness outweighed that of the witness's positive character evidence.’
    • ‘He called for the impeachment of him and other members of the court.’
    1. 1.1British A charge of treason or another crime against the state.
      ‘the king cynically abandoned him, encouraging his impeachment’
      • ‘The impeachment failed despite his apparent guilt on some of the charges.’
      • ‘They escaped impeachment only by making a very large loan to the Parliament at a crucial stage.’
      • ‘Under impeachment he was confined in the Tower from 1679 to 1684.’
      • ‘Royal pardons were not to be issued against impeachments.’
      • ‘Impeachment by Parliament led to his banishment and murder at sea.’
    2. 1.2US A charge of misconduct made against the holder of a public office.
      ‘the president is facing impeachment over the scandal’
      count noun ‘all impeachments shall be tried by the Senate’
      • ‘The president was facing impeachment.’
      • ‘The two men were warned by the government that they faced impeachment if they didn't step down.’
      • ‘Under the Constitution, impeachments are brought by the House of Representatives and tried by the Senate.’
      • ‘He has threatened to call for the impeachment of the president.’
      • ‘It led to the impeachment of the state's attorney general and auditor and conviction of the Treasurer.’
      • ‘The impeachment of any president is highly unusual.’
      • ‘Other presidents did worse and there were no exposes or impeachments.’
      • ‘He finally resigned in order to avoid impeachment.’
      • ‘Impeachment of a democratically elected leader should be employed only as a last resort.’
      • ‘The panel considering impeachment heard from its first witnesses today, some of whom criticized the governor's conduct in years past.’

Pronunciation

impeachment

/ɪmˈpiːtʃmənt/