Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
  2. (verb, social) call before a court to answer an indictment

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Alternate forms of Arraign

Derivations: arraignment

Hypernyms: accuse, criminate, impeach, incriminate

Origin of the word Arraign

  1. early 14c., "to call to account," from O.Fr. araisnier, from V.L. *arrationare, from L. adrationare, from ad- "to" + *rationare, from ratio "argumentation, reckoning, calculation" (see ratio). Sense of "to call up on a criminal charge" is c.1400. more

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