Is Impeachment Capitalized?

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Have you noticed that some people capitalize the word impeachment and some people do not. Do you want to know what you should do when writing about someone facing impeachment? Only under special circumstances would you ever capitalize the “impeachment.” In fact, I bet you already know when the word should be capitalized.

One of the reasons people get confused about whether this word should be capitalized is because of how the word is written in the Constitution. You will note that the word impeachment appearing in the middle of a passage has been capitalized. This would suggest that the proper way to write the word would be to capitalize it. The Constitution states:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”

This follows a similar style of writing that the 45th president has adopted in his official Twitter statements. While capitalizing words that you wish to be noted in your text can be effective it is not common practice. When writing most people follow a set of writing principles that we all were taught when learning the language.

Is Impeachment or Impeached Capitalized?

So when do we capitalize words? We capitalize words at the beginning of a sentence or if we are using a proper nouns. So if we are using the term “impeached” or “impeachment” at the beginning of a sentence then, of course, you would capitalize the word; however, you would not capitalize the word “impeachment” or “impeached” in the middle of a sentence because these words are not considered proper nouns. Note: proper nouns refer to specific names of people and places.

The term “impeach” can be both a verb and a noun as noted in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. “Impeached” is an example of a verb and verbs are not capitalized. For example, you would write “Johnson was the first president to be impeached” not “Johnson was the first president to be Impeached.” The same is true for “President Trump is the third president to be impeached.”

So you would never capitalize the verb impeached unless a sentence began with the word or the word is part of a title. For example, the word impeachment should be capitalized when referring to the book “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment” by Tribe and Matz. Here the word impeachment becomes part of a proper noun: the name of a book.

Conclusion

Only proper nouns should be capitalized unless they begin at the beginning of a sentence. Even words that you specifically find important do not need to be capitalized. So when you are writing about impeachment or someone being impeached it is not necessary to capitalize the word unless it appears at the beginning of a sentence or in a specific title.

To learn more about proper title capitalization rules, give our free title capitalization tool a try.

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