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to call or bring before a court to answer to an indictment.
to accuse or charge in general; criticize adversely; censure.
Contemporary Examples

The police locked him in a cell, and made plans to arraign Picasso.
Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa? Nick Mafi October 22, 2014

Historical Examples

Secondly, I arraign it in the name of Freedom, as an unjustifiable departure from the original Antislavery policy of our fathers.
Charles Sumner; his Complete Works, v. 4-20 Charles Sumner

It was for this that I arraigned my colleague, and that I intend to arraign him.
The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes James Quay Howard

If I were to arraign you at all, it would be on the score of heartlessness.
A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill

Let us arraign her before our sacred tribunal, and have her into court.
A Simpleton Charles Reade

As soon as the barber was able to make himself heard again, he began to arraign both master and squire.
The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

It was dangerous, but my purpose is not to arraign Ministers.
Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna

If he departed from the worship of God, the rest of the tribes did not arraign him as a subject, but attacked him as an enemy.
A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV] Benedict of Spinoza

We decline to arraign our Creator for a deed which we have not even the means of knowing that He has done.
Lux Mundi Various

I have never met a man who could see his own faults and arraign himself at the bar of his own conscience.
The Sayings of Confucius Confucius

verb (transitive)
to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment
to call to account; complain about; accuse

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.


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