Definition of arraign in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrān/


1 [with object] Call or bring (someone) before a court to answer a criminal charge: her sister was arraigned on attempted murder charges
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  • After the Second World War eminent surviving German and Japanese civilian and military figures were arraigned on criminal charges before international tribunals.
  • But days later, she was arraigned on assault charges.
  • Today a suspected arms dealer was arraigned on charges that he tried to sell shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles.
indict for, prosecute for, put on trial for, bring to trial for, take to court for, lay/file/prefer charges against for, summons for, cite for;
accuse of, charge with, incriminate with
archaic inculpate for
1.1Find fault with (someone or something); censure: the soldiers bitterly arraigned the government for failing to keep its word
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  • Nobody doubts for a second Baron's desperation to revive the national team, and I am not suggesting that he be arraigned for defeatist talk.
  • NBC is arraigned on charges of neglecting a fine series.
criticize, censure, impugn, attack, condemn, chastise, lambaste, rebuke, admonish, remonstrate with, take to task, berate, reproach
informal knock, slam, blast, lay into


Late Middle English: from Old French araisnier, based on Latin ad- 'to' + ration- 'reason, account'.

Words that rhyme with arraign

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Syllabification: ar·raign

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