arraign

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French araisnier (to address, to verify) (whence modern arraisonner (to verify cargo, to arraign)), from raison (reason).

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arraign (third-person singular simple present arraigns, present participle arraigning, simple past and past participle arraigned)

  1. To officially charge someone in a court of law.
    He was arraigned in Washington, D.C., on the 25th of that month on charges of treason.
  2. To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.
    • Dryden
      They will not arraign you for want of knowledge.
    • I. Taylor
      It is not arrogance, but timidity, of which the Christian body should now be arraigned by the world.

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Noun[edit]

arraign (plural arraigns)

  1. Arraignment.
    the clerk of the arraigns
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