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impeach

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1  —as in:
impeach the President
Definition formally charge a public official with unlawful activity; or the resulting legal proceedings; or any removal resulting from such proceedings
  • The President was impeached.
impeached = formally charged with unlawful activity
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • How, in fact, could a majority in the House of Representatives impeach themselves?
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • I intend to impeach you for making use of the powers entrusted to you for your own private ends
    E. Phillips Oppenheim  --  The Yellow Crayon

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2  —as in:
impeach her testimony
Definition challenge the honesty or believability of someone
  • The lawyers tried to impeach the credibility of the witnesses.
impeach = challenge the honesty or believability of someone
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • You impeach my sober judgment and make my canons of little worth.
    Jack London  --  The Sea Wolf
  • They are square, neat boxes with wooden sides all round, and have unimpeachably satisfactory seats.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
unimpeachably = in a way that cannot be challenged
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unimpeachably means not and reverses the meaning of impeachably. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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3  —as in:
impeach my courage
Definition criticize someone's character
  • I don't mean to impeach her character. I just don't think she has enough experience to lead the group.
impeach = criticize someone's character
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • Under whose warrant I impeach thy wrong,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King John
  • And ten to one is no impeach of valour.
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  •   And here I stand, both to impeach and purge
      Myself condemned and myself excus'd.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • impeach = criticize
  • 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
  • impeach = criticize someone's character
  • 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
impeachment = criticism (of character)

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Less commonly:
More rarely, impeach can mean to criticize someone's ability or actions.
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