Verb arraign Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


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.
  2. To call to account, or accuse, before the bar of reason, taste, or any other tribunal.

More definition: call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment. accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.

1. to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment

2. to call to account; complain about; accuse Derived Formsarraigner, nounarraignment, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French araisnier to speak, accuse, from a-² + raisnier, from Vulgar Latin ratiōnāre (unattested) to talk, argue, from Latin ratiō a reasoningCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., araynen, "to call to account," from Old French araisnier "speak to, address; accuse (in a law court)," from Vulgar Latin *arrationare, from Latin adrationare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + *rationare, from ratio "argumentation, reckoning, calculation" (see ratio). Sense of "to call up on a criminal charge" is c.1400. The excrescent -g- is a 16c. overcorrection based on reign, etc. Related, Arraigned; arraigning.


Each delegation has the right to formulate resolutions independently, and to call to account and arraign the common ministers.

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