in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
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 How to pronounce indictor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for indict


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


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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Johnson County businessman Joel Jerome Tucker — already facing a $4 million judgment from the Federal Trade Commission — has been indicted on 15 felony counts tied to his payday loan industry activities. Mark Davis And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Joel Tucker indicted in fake payday loan scheme, accused of lying to bankruptcy judge," 29 June 2018 Michigan authorities sent a follow-up DNA swab to the Louisiana State Police crime lab in May of 2016 for confirmation, and Glass said he was indicted in 2017. Heather Nolan,, "With $1 million grant and DNA, DA's office hopes to bring closure to long-unsolved rapes," 18 May 2018 With special counsel Robert Mueller investigating whether President Trump obstructed justice, questions about whether a chief executive can be subpoenaed or indicted could potentially reach the Supreme Court. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats raise questions about Kavanaugh's views on executive power," 12 July 2018 On Tuesday, a massive college admissions cheating scandal emerged that led to 50 people being indicted. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Read Lori Loughlin's Bizarre Wiretapped Phone Conversation With College Admissions Scammer," 13 Mar. 2019 William Singer pleaded guilty in a federal court on Tuesday, March 12, while Felicity Huffman was indicted that same day. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "How the College Admissions Scandal Is Different From the Other Ways Rich Parents Help Their Kids Get Into School," 13 Mar. 2019 Empire—and its embattled star, Jussie Smollett—will return to Fox on Wednesday night, just days after Smollett was indicted on 16 felony charges for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself in January. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jussie Smollett Will Be Back on Empire Tonight," 13 Mar. 2019 When his longtime political adviser Roger Stone was indicted, the president turned the hyperbole all the way to 11. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s favorite slander against Robert Mueller’s investigation has a very long history.," 26 Jan. 2019 On Sunday, July 15, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted a Russian national, Maria Butina, 29, and later charged her with conspiring against the U.S. as a secret agent as part of a Russian covert influence campaign. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Was Charged With Conspiring Against the United States as a Secret Agent," 18 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of indict

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


in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
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 How to pronounce indict (audio) \

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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