One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was arraigned for murder’
indict, prosecute, put on trial, bring to trial
denounce, sue, take to court, bring an action against, lay charges against, file charges against, prefer charges against, summons, cite
accuse of, charge with
North American impeach
informal have the law on, do
2‘the soldiers bitterly arraigned the government for failing to keep its word’
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
informal knock, slam, hammer, lay into, roast, give someone a roasting, cane, blast, bawl out, dress down, rap over the knuckles, give someone hell
British informal carpet, slate, slag off, monster, rollick, give someone a rollicking, give someone a rocket, tear someone off a strip
North American informal chew out, ream out, pummel, cut up
NZ Australian informal bag
rare excoriate, objurgate, reprehend
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