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impeach
as in:  impeach my courage


I don’t mean to impeach her character. I just don’t think she has enough experience to lead the group.
  criticize someone’s character
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impeachment impeach impeached impeaching impeachable unimpeachable impeaches unimpeachably
Notes:
These senses of impeach are more commonly found in classic literature than they are found in current use.

Memory aid:  It might help you to remember the different senses of impeach, if you think of all of them as having to do with challenging someone.
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  • I don’t mean to impeach her character. I just don’t think she has enough experience to lead the group.
  • You do impeach your modesty too much
    Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I denounce this person as a liar, and impeach him as a coward.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • And ten to one is no impeach of valour.
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 3

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  • Under whose warrant I impeach thy wrong,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King John
  • If my old friend Reepicheep the Mouse were here, he would say we could not now refuse the adventures of Bism without a great impeachment to our honour.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Thou art a villain to impeach me thus; I’ll prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee presently, if thou dar’st stand.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
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Associated words [difficulty]:   impeach [5]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   History, Public Policy & Politics, Law
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