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 decision.
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. --Horsley.
They appealed to the sword. --Macaulay.
Ap·peal v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appealed p. pr. & vb. n. Appealing.]
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.]
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.
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 wonders. --Bacon.
4. Resort to physical means; recourse.
Every milder method is to be tried, before a nation makes an appeal to arms. --Kent.
n 1: earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the
fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the
public to keep calm" [syn: entreaty, prayer]
2: attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his
smile was part of his appeal to her" [syn: appealingness,
3: (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a
higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a
lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's
judgment or the granting of a new trial; "their appeal was
denied in the superior court"
4: request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for
starving children" [syn: solicitation, collection, ingathering]
v 1: take a court case to a higher court for review; "He was
found guilty but appealed immediately"
2: request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or
protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in
times of trouble" [syn: invoke]
3: be attractive to; "The idea of a vacation appeals to me";
"The beautiful garden attracted many people" [syn: attract]
4: challenge (a decision); "She appealed the verdict"
5: cite as an authority; resort to; "He invoked the law that
would save him"; "I appealed to the law of 1900"; "She
invoked an ancient law" [syn: invoke]
a reference of any case from an inferior to a superior court.
Moses established in the wilderness a series of judicatories
such that appeals could be made from a lower to a higher (Ex.
Under the Roman law the most remarkable case of appeal is that
of Paul from the tribunal of Festus at Caesarea to that of the
emperor at Rome (Acts 25:11, 12, 21, 25). Paul availed himself
of the privilege of a Roman citizen in this matter.