indict

verb in·dict \ in-ˈdīt \

Definition of indict

transitive verb
1 :to charge with a fault or offense :criticize, accuse
2 :to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law

indicter

or indictor play \in-ˈdī-tər\ noun

Examples of indict in a Sentence

  1. A grand jury is expected to indict him for murder.

  2. the grand jury could indict the mayor for fraud and embezzlement

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Origin and Etymology of indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Middle English inditen, from Anglo-French enditer to write, point out, indict — more at indite


INDICT Defined for English Language Learners

indict

verb

Definition of indict for English Language Learners

  • law : to formally decide that someone should be put on trial for a crime


INDICT Defined for Kids

indict

verb in·dict \ in-ˈdīt \

Definition of indict for Students

indicted; indicting
:to formally charge with an offense or crime

indictment

\-ˈdīt-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

indict

transitive verb in·dict \ in-ˈdīt \

legal Definition of indict

:to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a grand jury in due form of law — compare accuse, arraign, charge

Origin and Etymology of indict

alteration of earlier indite, from Anglo-French enditer, from Old French, to write down, ultimately from Latin indicere to proclaim, from in- toward + dicere to say



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