Definition of arraign in English:


Line breaks: ar|raign
Pronunciation: /əˈreɪn


1Call or bring (someone) before a court to answer a criminal charge: her sister was arraigned on charges of attempted murder
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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, prosecute, put on trial, bring to trial;
denounce, sue, take to court, bring an action against, lay charges against, file charges against, prefer charges against, summons, cite;
North American impeach
informal have the law on, do
archaic inculpate
1.1Find fault with; censure: social workers were relieved it was not they who were arraigned in the tabloids
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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.


late Middle English: from Old French araisnier, based on Latin ad- 'to' + ratio(n-) 'reason, account'.

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