Definition of arraign in US English:



  • 1with object Call or bring (someone) before a court to answer a criminal charge.

    ‘her sister was arraigned on attempted murder charges’
    • ‘Seven HDA members were arraigned in court charged with neglecting their duties, but were later acquitted.’
    • ‘If the accused indicates that he would plead guilty the Court shall proceed as if he had been arraigned on the count in question and had pleaded guilty.’
    • ‘But he was arraigned before Leeds Crown Court only last November charged with racist offences after police raided his other home in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate.’
    • ‘Three other guards at the prison near Baghdad were arraigned on more serious charges as the abuse scandal and guerrilla violence increased pressure on Washington to hand over real power to Iraqis on June 30.’
    • ‘He was arraigned earlier and the trial judge would not accept his plea of guilty.’
    • ‘Today a suspected arms dealer was arraigned on charges that he tried to sell shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles.’
    • ‘James Ivillaq, 20, is arraigned on charges of attempted murder, illegal use of a firearm, and evading arrest.’
    • ‘Evidence of the commission of the offences with which he was charged was, of course, admissible at the trial of the charges in the indictment on which he was arraigned.’
    • ‘On June 27, Estrada was arraigned for the lesser charge of perjury.’
    • ‘After a separate ‘old style committal’ he was committed for trial to Chelmsford Crown Court, and arraigned on 27th January 1997.’
    • ‘Moussaoui refused ‘in the name of Allah’ to enter a plea when he was arraigned on the original indictment in January.’
    • ‘Yesterday he was to be arraigned on new charges of insider trading, filing false tax forms and conspiracy to falsify books and records in an expanded indictment unveiled May 1.’
    • ‘Three other soldiers were arraigned on similar charges of abuse.’
    • ‘Hamdan and three other men being arraigned this week face charges that could bring life in prison, but other detainees could face the death penalty.’
    • ‘But days later, she was arraigned on assault charges.’
    • ‘He had been arraigned on two charges: the first one of production of an unlawful drug pursuant to section 8 of the Drugs Misuse Act and in the alternative he was charged with possession of that same drug.’
    • ‘After the Second World War eminent surviving German and Japanese civilian and military figures were arraigned on criminal charges before international tribunals.’
    • ‘The boy was arraigned yesterday on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder of a police officer.’
    • ‘In court today, Crowe was arraigned on charges of second degree assault and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, the telephone.’
    • ‘George was released the next day without bail after being arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.’
    indict, prosecute, put on trial, bring to trial
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    1. 1.1 Find fault with (someone or something); censure.
      ‘the soldiers bitterly arraigned the government for failing to keep its word’
      • ‘Nobody doubts for a second Baron's desperation to revive the national team, and I am not suggesting that he be arraigned for defeatist talk.’
      • ‘NBC is arraigned on charges of neglecting a fine series.’
      criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, find fault with, reprimand, rebuke, admonish, remonstrate with, take to task, haul over the coals, berate, reproach, reprove
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Late Middle English: from Old French araisnier, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ + ratio(n-) ‘reason, account’.