Arraignment



an act of or the state of being .
a calling into question or a finding fault, especially with respect to the value or virtue of something; critical examination.
Contemporary Examples

Prior to his arraignment, Hernandez was taken to Bellevue Hospital prison ward as a possible danger to himself.
Why Pedro Hernandez Confessed to Killing Etan Patz Michael Daly May 31, 2012

The arraignment concluded as usual, with the exception of the judge inquiring about classified material.
Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Is Arraigned Just Blocks From the Twin Towers Michael Daly March 8, 2013

In the McVeigh case, even as early as his arraignment, defense attorneys sought a change of venue.
Can KSM Get a Fair Trial? Andrew Cohen November 16, 2009

The arraignment ended with us being everything we truly are and nothing we are really not.
Gripping His Koran, Anas al-Liby Has His Day in Court Michael Daly October 15, 2013

Both left the courthouse after word came that the arraignment had been delayed.
Etan Patz: Painfully Obvious Evidence Michael Daly May 25, 2012

Historical Examples

He was one of the youngest of the Senate at the time of Socrates’ arraignment.
Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott

Nevertheless, Mary went on with her arraignment uncompromisingly.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

Not Garrison himself ever made so vigorous and powerful an arraignment of slavery as did this Southerner.
The Battle of Principles Newell Dwight Hillis

It is an arraignment which humiliates the descendants of the members of that body.
Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.

It is not the purpose of this article to argue the cause of the man of science, or to say whether or not this arraignment is just.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, March 1899 Various

n.

mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).

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