MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To call or bring a defendant before a court to hear and answer a criminal charge.
2. To criticize, accuse, or censure.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French araisnier, from Latin rationare (to talk, to reason), from ratio (reason, calculation). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ar- (to fit together), which also gave us army, harmony, article, order, read, adorn, arithmetic, rhyme, and ratiocinate. Earliest documented use: 1360.

ORRAIGN - the western-US state between Washington and California

AFRAIGN - pertaining to the continent south of the Mediterranean Ocean

ARCAIGN - mysterious or secret, but in any case understood by only a few