Legal Definition and Related Resources of Impeach

Meaning of Impeach

To bring charges of misconduct in office against a public official . To discredit a witness or attack his credibility either by questions which result in self- contradiction by the witness or by adducing proof that statements of the witness are unworthy of belief .

Impeach Alternative Definition

To accuse; to question the sufiiciency or genuineness of. To proceed by impeachment (q. v.). In the Law of Evidence. To call In question the veracity of a witness, by means of evidence adduced for that purpose.

Synonyms of Impeach


  • accusare
  • accuse
  • accuse of maladministration
  • accuse of misconduct
  • admonish
  • animadvert
  • attack
  • attaint
  • blame
  • bring a charge
  • bring charges
  • bring into discredit
  • bring to account
  • bring to justice
  • bring up for investigation
  • call in question
  • call to account
  • cast an imputation upon
  • cast blame upon
  • castigate
  • censure
  • challenge
  • challenge the credibility of
  • charge
  • charge to
  • charge with
  • complain against
  • condemn
  • confute
  • criticize
  • declaim against
  • decry
  • denigrate
  • denounce
  • denunciate
  • disapprove
  • discredit
  • disparage
  • dispute
  • expose
  • fault
  • file a claim
  • find an indictment against
  • hold at fault
  • implicate
  • impugn
  • impute fault to
  • inculpate
  • incur blame
  • indict
  • indict for maladministration
  • prefer a claim
  • prefer charges
  • put on trial
  • put the blame on
  • rebuff
  • recriminate
  • reprimand
  • reproach
  • reprove
  • ridicule
  • take to account
  • upbraid
  • vituperate Associated Concepts: impeach a government official
  • impeach a witness

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Meaning of Impeach in Political Science

A very basic notion of Impeach related to the United States’election law is provided here: To accuse or charge a public official of misconduct


This term is a verb.

Etimology of Impeach

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formerly also empeach, late 14c., “to impede, hinder, prevent,” from Anglo-French empecher, Old French empeechier “to hinder, stop, impede; capture, trap, ensnare” (12c., Modern French empêcher), from Late Latin impedicare “to fetter, catch, entangle,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + Latin pedica “a shackle, fetter,” from pes (genitive pedis) “foot,” from PIE root *ped- (1) “a foot” (see foot; this term is also a noun.). Sense of “accuse a public officer of misconduct” first recorded 1560s, perhaps via Medieval Latin confusion of the word with Latin impetere “attack, accuse” (see impetus). Related: Impeached; impeaching.



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