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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Little was indicted last week in Cleveland for the strangulation deaths of two women. Washington Post, "Serial killer’s confession resolves 1981 slaying case," 8 June 2019 Los Angeles Times More than a dozen members and affiliates of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang were indicted by federal officials in Sacramento. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: A new face for the La Brea Tar Pits on a changing Wilshire Boulevard," 7 June 2019 On Friday, Little was indicted on two murders in Hamilton County. Cameron Knight,, "'Nothing but evil': Serial killer Samuel Little indicted in 2 Cincinnati murders," 7 June 2019 Evans and Dugan were indicted by a grand jury on charges of felonious assault, unlawful restraint, and interfering with civil rights in April for the incident. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Video released of Ohio corrections officer who turned off body camera beating mentally-ill inmate," 7 June 2019 Evans and another officer were indicted April 8 in the case. Adam Ferrise,, "Cuyahoga County, again, bungles public records request, this time for brutal jail beating video," 6 June 2019 Ex-Louisville Metro Police officer William Garrett was indicted Thursday on several charges, including bribery of a public servant, unlawful access to a computer and official misconduct. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville police officer indicted on bribery, misconduct charges," 6 June 2019 A dozen coaches and test administrators were indicted on a racketeering conspiracy charge in March as part of the admissions scam. Mark Morales And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Feds investigating ex-USC athletic director's possible ties to college admissions scam mastermind, source says," 6 June 2019 In March, Smollett, 36, was indicted with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him in an apparent hate crime in Chicago in January. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Lee Daniels Says Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Back on Empire Despite 'Not Factual' Reports," 5 June 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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