indict

verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt \
indicted; indicting; indicts

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

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Other Words from indict

indicter or indictor \ in-​ˈdī-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for indict

Synonyms

accuse, charge, criminate, defame [archaic], impeach, incriminate

Antonyms

absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

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Examples of indict in a Sentence

A grand jury is expected to indict him for murder. the grand jury could indict the mayor for fraud and embezzlement

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As detailed by Vox, 33 people have either been indicted or pleaded guilty to election interference, five of whom are former Trump advisers. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Russia Investigation Is Almost Over. Here's What You Need to Know," 8 Dec. 2018 Thirty-three people have been indicted or pleaded guilty. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Donald Trump," 6 Dec. 2018 In South Korea, Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Sang-hoon has been indicted for sabotaging attempts to unionize. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "What Tesla’s union-busting trial means for the rest of Silicon Valley," 29 Sep. 2018 Twelve Russians have been indicted by a grand jury in the special counsel probe for alleged hacking during the 2016 election, including for hacking emails of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Russian intelligence officers indicted in DNC hacking," 13 July 2018 Mueller has indicted Manafort on a series of white-collar crimes unrelated to the election itself. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Former Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jason Reid has been indicted on multiple charges following a months-long investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Nick Ochsner, Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Former Catawba Co Sheriff captain indicted," 28 June 2018 The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett had recently been indicted, in Houston, for allegedly injuring an elderly paraplegic woman in the moments after his brother’s team, the New England Patriots, won the Super Bowl, in 2017. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 The Jerry Media team, as well as Matte Projects, are more critically indicted here than in Fyre for their enabling of McFarland’s grift. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of indict

circa 1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indict

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

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indict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of indict

chiefly US, law : to formally decide that someone should be put on trial for a crime

indict

verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt \
indicted; indicting

Kids Definition of indict

: to formally charge with an offense or crime

Other Words from indict

indictment \ -​ˈdīt-​mənt \ noun
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

History and Etymology for 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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