I noun accusal, accusatio, accusation, act of discrediting, admonition, animadversion, arraignment, attack, blame, castigation, censure, challenge, charge, complaint, condemnation, countercharge, criminal proceeding, crimination, criticism, denigration, denouncement, denunciation, disapproval, discommendation, exposure, hostile criticism, imputation of dereliction, imputation of fault, indictment, questioning integrity, questioning witness's veracity, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, vilification associated concepts: articles of impeachment, character evidence, collateral impeachment, impeachment of a governmental officer, impeachment of a verdict, impeachment of a witness, impeachment of credibility, moral terpitude, prior inconsistent statement, reputation evidence II index charge (accusation), condemnation (blame), disparagement, incrimination, reproach

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A criminal procedure in which a public official is charged with misconduct.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. in the constitutional law of the UK, the process by which a person in some way beyond the reach of the law could be brought to justice in respect of an offence against the state. The House of Commons accuses and the House of Lords judges both fact and law. The most famous cases are those of Francis Bacon, who was successfully impeached when he was Lord Chancellor, and of Warren Hastings, who was impeached when Governor-General of India and was acquitted.
The same term is used in the USA in relation to the President. In relation to US high officials, impeachment is the first step in a process; only after there is a vote in favour of impeachment is there a trial on the articles of impeachment. President Richard Milhouse Nixon resigned before impeachment could take its course. President William Jefferson Clinton was acquitted after a full impeachment process. The prosecutors did not establish that his reprehensible conduct constituted a high crime and misdemeanour.
2. more loosely, a challenge, e.g. of a witness or a judgment.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

See: impeach
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 An attack on the credibility of a witness for reasons relating to prior inconsistent testimony or evidence of lying.
2 An administrative procedure, defined in the United States Constitution, under which the president or another government official is brought up on charges and tried by the Congress, and, if convicted, is removed from office.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A process that is used to charge, try, and remove public officials for misconduct while in office.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A process that is used to charge, try, and remove public officials for misconduct while in office.
II A criminal proceeding against a public official.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) discrediting a witness by showing that he/she is not telling the truth or does not have the knowledge to testify as he/she did.
   2) the trying of a public official for charges of illegal acts committed in the performance of public duty. It is not the conviction for the alleged crime nor the removal from office. It is only the trial itself.
   See also: impeach

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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