Definition of impeach in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1(especially in the US) charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.

    ‘the governor served only one year before being impeached and convicted for fiscal fraud’
    • ‘In that case he could and should be impeached and removed from office, unanimously.’
    • ‘William Belknap, secretary of war under Ulysses Grant, was impeached by the House on bribery charges and resigned from office.’
    • ‘While he can be impeached for abusing this power, he cannot be criminally charged for such an abuse while in office.’
    • ‘Under our Constitution, impeaching judges is extremely difficult.’
    • ‘One justice of the Supreme Court, Samuel Chase, was impeached in 1804, but was not convicted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An interesting academic debate could be had about whether there are circumstances in which a judge could rightly be impeached for making lawless rulings.’
    • ‘In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was impeached for denying a jury's right to judge law.’
    • ‘The House promptly proceeded, acting in a purely partisan manner, to impeach the president, and send the matter to trial in the Senate.’
    • ‘The uncovering of serious acts of judicial misconduct could end up with a recommendation to impeach a judge.’
    • ‘He should be impeached, but he won't be because the American public has no idea of what is going on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The president, the first Asian leader to be impeached, will be removed from office if found guilty of any of the four charges.’
    • ‘The last and only justice to be impeached was Samuel Chase in 1805.’
    • ‘While it is theoretically possible to impeach federal judges for the decisions they make, where would the Republicans start?’
    • ‘The Constitution requires only a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly to impeach the president.’
    • ‘Obviously, a Republican-controlled Congress is not about to impeach its own president.’
    • ‘Only a handful of federal judges have ever been impeached under this high standard.’
    • ‘And it would impeach any judge that violated the provisions of the bill.’
    • ‘The House has impeached a dozen judges, most recently in 1989.’
    indict, charge, accuse, bring a charge against, bring a case against, lay charges against, prefer charges against, arraign, take to court, put on trial, bring to trial, prosecute
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    1. 1.1 historical Charge with treason or another crime against the state.
      ‘He was impeached of high treason by the Long Parliament in 1640, committed to the Tower in 1641, tried in 1644, condemned, and beheaded.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What happened to the 21 MPs who planned to impeach him?’
      • ‘The following year parliament protested that he was exceeding his powers and 70 MPs voted to impeach him.’
  • 2Call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)

    ‘there is no basis to Searle's motion to impeach the verdict’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This privatization of communal resources can impeach the integrity of scientific research.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The physician's testimony might be impeached, and the report thereby discredited.’
    • ‘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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/imˈpēCH/ /ɪmˈpitʃ/


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.