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indictment

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noun in·dict·ment \in-ˈdīt-mənt\

Simple Definition of indictment

  • law : an official written statement charging a person with a crime

  • : the act of officially charging someone with a crime : the act of indicting someone

  • : an expression or statement of strong disapproval

Full Definition of indictment

  1. 1 a :  the action or the legal process of indicting b :  the state of being indicted

  2. 2 :  a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense

  3. 3 :  an expression of strong disapproval <an indictment of government policy on immigrants>

Examples of indictment

  1. The grand jury has handed down indictments against several mobsters.

  2. No one was surprised by her indictment.

  3. She intended the film to be an indictment of the media.



14th Century

First Known Use of indictment

14th century

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