September 2, 2016 10:00 am
In 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”.
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
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