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Definition of "arraign" []

  • Law To call (an accused person) before a court to answer the charge made against him or her by indictment, information, or complaint. (verb-transitive)
  • To call to account; accuse: "Johnson arraigned the modern politics of this country as entirely devoid of all principle” ( James Boswell). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "arraign" in a sentence
  • "To "arraign" was to summon ad rationes to the pleadings."
  • "And oh, how many good men and women have I heard bitterly arraign society in that in the begetting of children it does not exercise the judgment which it exercises in breeding its horses and its dogs!"
  • "According to sources, Libyan officials plan to immediately arraign Gaddafi and put him on trial, but have agreed to let him finish a quick game to 100."