/ ɪmpiːtʃmənt /
ETYM Cf. French empęchement.
A formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office.
Judicial procedure by which government officials are accused of wrongdoing and brought to trial before a legislative body. In the US the House of Representatives may impeach offenders to be tried before the Senate, as in the case of President Andrew Johnson 1868. Richard Nixon resigned the US presidency 1974 when threatened by impeachment.