noun \in-ˈdīt-mənt\

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

a :  the action or the legal process of indicting
b :  the state of being indicted
:  a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense
:  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.

First Known Use of INDICTMENT

14th century

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Rhymes with INDICTMENT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In criminal law, a formal written accusation of a crime affirmed by a grand jury and handed up to the court for trial of the accused. In the U.S., the indictment is one of three principal methods of charging offenses, the others being the information (a written accusation resembling an indictment, prepared and presented to the court by a prosecuting official) and, for petty offenses, a complaint by the aggrieved party or by a police officer. An indictment may contain several counts.


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