IATE term of the week: Impeachment

September 2, 2016 10:00 am

ImpeachmentIn the light of recent events in Brazil, the IATE term of this week is “impeachment”.

Impeachment is a Parliament process in which an official is accused of unlawful activity, the outcome of which, depending on the jurisdiction of each country, may include the removal of that official from office as well as criminal or civil punishment.

Impeachment was first used in the British political system. Specifically, the process was first used by the English “Good Parliament” against Baron Latimer in the second half of the 14th century. The same process can also be used as a penalty for priests of the Orthodox Church, imposed by the ecclesiastical court.

The word “impeachment” derives from the Latin root “impedicare”, expressing the idea of being caught or entrapped, and has analogues in the modern French verb “empêcher” (to prevent) and the modern English “impede”.










Contribute to IATE! We would welcome your contribution if you know the correct term in your language and it is among the missing ones or if it needs an update. A terminologist for the respective language will revise your answer and validate it. Given the implications of the process, a delay is to be expected.

Languages to be completed for this term in IATE: BG, CS, DA, EL, ET, FI, GA, HR, HU, LT, LV, MT, RO, SK, SL, SV

Written by Anna Manolaki

Study visitor at TermCoord

Student in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication



Brazil riot police use tear gas as post impeachment protests turn violent. (2016). euronews. Retrieved 1 September 2016, from http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/01/brazil-riot-police-use-tear-gas-as-post-impeachment-protests-turn-violent

Impeachment. (2016). Wikipedia. Retrieved 1 September 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment

Θρησκευτικές ποινές. (2016). El.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 1 September 2016, from https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%98%CF%81%CE%B7%CF%83%CE%BA%CE%B5%CF%85%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AD%CF%82_%CF%80%CE%BF%CE%B9%CE%BD%CE%AD%CF%82#.CE.9A.CE.B1.CE.B8.CE.B1.CE.AF.CF.81.CE.B5.CF.83.CE.B7


Term of the week_Impeachment

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  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    In Russian they transliterated it.