Ap*peal", v. t. 1.
(Law) To apply for the removal of a cause from an inferior to a
superior judge or court for the purpose of reëxamination of for
I appeal unto Cæsar.
Acts xxv. 11.
2. To call upon another to decide a question
controverted, to corroborate a statement, to vindicate one's rights, etc.;
as, I appeal to all mankind for the truth of what is alleged. Hence:
To call on one for aid; to make earnest request.
I appeal to the Scriptures in the original.
They appealed to the sword.
Ap*peal" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Appealed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Appealing.] [OE. appelen, apelen, to appeal, accuse,
OF. appeler, fr. L. appellare to approach, address, invoke,
summon, call, name; akin to appellere to drive to; ad +
pellere to drive. See Pulse, and cf. Peal.]
1. (Law) (a) To make
application for the removal of (a cause) from an inferior to a superior
judge or court for a rehearing or review on account of alleged injustice or
illegality in the trial below. We say, the cause was appealed from
an inferior court. (b) To charge with a crime;
to accuse; to institute a private criminal prosecution against for some
heinous crime; as, to appeal a person of felony.
2. To summon; to challenge. [Archaic]
Man to man will I appeal the Norman to the lists.
Sir W. Scott.
3. To invoke. [Obs.] Milton.
Ap*peal", n. [OE. appel, apel,
OF. apel, F. appel, fr. appeler. See Appeal,
v. t.] 1. (Law)
(a) An application for the removal of a cause or suit
from an inferior to a superior judge or court for reëxamination or
review. (b) The mode of proceeding by which such
removal is effected. (c) The right of
appeal. (d) An accusation; a process which
formerly might be instituted by one private person against another for some
heinous crime demanding punishment for the particular injury suffered,
rather than for the offense against the public. (e)
An accusation of a felon at common law by one of his accomplices,
which accomplice was then called an approver. See
Approvement. Tomlins. Bouvier.
2. A summons to answer to a charge.
3. A call upon a person or an authority for proof
or decision, in one's favor; reference to another as witness; a call for
help or a favor; entreaty.
A kind of appeal to the Deity, the author of
4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
Every milder method is to be tried, before a nation makes an
appeal to arms.