The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Impeachment \Im*peach"ment\, n. [Cf. F. emp[^e]chement.]
The act of impeaching, or the state of being impeached; as:
(a) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction. [Obs.]
Willing to march on to Calais,
Without impeachment. --Shak.
(b) A calling to account; arraignment; especially, of a
public officer for maladministration.
The consequence of Coriolanus' impeachment had like
to have been fatal to their state. --Swift.
(c) A calling in question as to purity of motives, rectitude
of conduct, credibility, etc.; accusation; reproach; as,
an impeachment of motives. --Shak.
Note: In England, it is the privilege or right of the House
of Commons to impeach, and the right of the House of
Lords to try and determine impeachments. In the United
States, it is the right of the House of Representatives
to impeach, and of the Senate to try and determine
Articles of impeachment. See under Article.
Impeachment of waste (Law), restraint from, or
accountability for, injury; also, a suit for damages for