In old English law, to order; or set in order; to conduct in an orderly manner; to prepare for trial. To arraign an assise was to cause the tenant to be called to make the plaint, and to set the cause in such order as the tenant might be enforced to answer thereunto.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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  • arraign — ar·raign /ə rān/ vt [Anglo French arrainer, from Old French araisnier to address, call to account, from a , prefix stressing goal of an action + raisnier to speak]: to bring (a defendant) before a judge or magistrate to hear the charges and to… …   Law dictionary

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arraigned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arraigning}.] [OE. arainen, arenen, OF. aragnier, aranier, araisnier, F. arraisonner, fr. LL. arrationare to address to call before court; L. ad + ratio reason, reasoning, LL. cause,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , v. t. [From OF. aramier, fr. LL. adhramire.] (Old Eng. Law) To appeal to; to demand; as, to arraign an assize of novel disseizin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arraign — Ar*raign , n. Arraignment; as, the clerk of the arraigns. Blackstone. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arraign — (v.) late 14c., araynen, to call to account, from O.Fr. araisnier speak to, address; accuse (in a law court), from V.L. *arrationare, from L. adrationare, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + *rationare, from ratio argumentation, reckoning,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • arraign — charge, *accuse, impeach, indict, incriminate Analogous words: *summon, cite: try, test (see PROVE) Contrasted words: *answer, rejoin, reply, respond: acquit, exonerate, *exculpate, absolve, vindicate: defend, justify (see MA …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • arraign — [v] accuse blame, charge, criminate, hang on, incriminate, inculpate, indict, lay at one’s door*, pin it on*, point the finger at*, summon; concepts 44,317 Ant. discharge, exonerate, free, let go …   New thesaurus

  • arraign — ► VERB ▪ call before a court to answer a criminal charge. DERIVATIVES arraignment noun. ORIGIN Old French araisnier, from Latin ad to + ratio reason, account …   English terms dictionary

  • arraign — [ə rān′] vt. [ME arreinen < OFr araisnier < ML adrationare < L ad, to + ratio, REASON] 1. to bring before a law court to hear and answer charges 2. to call to account; accuse SYN. ACCUSE arraignment n …   English World dictionary

  • arraign — UK [əˈreɪn] / US verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms arraign : present tense I/you/we/they arraign he/she/it arraigns present participle arraigning past tense arraigned past participle arraigned legal to order someone to go to a court… …   English dictionary

  • arraign — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. indict, charge, accuse. See accusation, lawsuit. Ant., discharge, exonerate. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. summon, charge, indict; see accuse . See Synonym Study at accuse . III (Roget s 3… …   English dictionary for students

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