Impeach

Definition of Impeach

Im`peach´
v. t.1.To hinder; to impede; to prevent.
[imp. & p. p. Impeached ; p. pr. & vb. n. Impeaching.]
These ungracious practices of his sons did impeach his journey to the Holy Land.
- Sir J. Davies.
A defluxion on my throat impeached my utterance.
- Howell.
2.To charge with a crime or misdemeanor; to accuse; especially to charge (a public officer), before a competent tribunal, with misbehavior in office; to cite before a tribunal for judgment of official misconduct; to arraign; as, to impeach a judge. See Impeachment.
3.Hence, to charge with impropriety; to dishonor; to bring discredit on; to call in question; as, to impeach one's motives or conduct.
And doth impeach the freedom of the state.
- Shak.
4.(Law) To challenge or discredit the credibility of, as of a witness, or the validity of, as of commercial paper.
n.1.Hindrance; impeachment.

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