indict

verb
in·​dict | \ in-ˈdīt How to pronounce indict (audio) \
indicted; indicting; indicts

Definition of indict

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from indict

indicter or indictor \ in-​ˈdī-​tər How to pronounce indict (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson is a case in point: A grand jury declined to indict the officer involved, Darren Wilson. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chauvin convicted: Why this big trial broke from pattern," 21 Apr. 2021 In March, a Denton County grand jury declined to indict the officer who shot Tarver. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "FBI to review fatal shooting of UNT student Darius Tarver by Denton police," 19 Apr. 2021 She was arrested on a charge of injury to an elderly person, but a Harris County grand jury declined to indict the 41-year-old woman in October. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst arrested on domestic-violence charge in Dallas," 14 Apr. 2021 At around the same time in Minneapolis, protests rocked the city following an all-white grand jury’s decision not to indict a white officer, Dan May, who fatally shot a Black teenager in the back. New York Times, "First Challenge in George Floyd Murder Trial: Finding an Impartial Jury," 7 Mar. 2021 Barker said that includes a protest following a grand jury's decision to not indict the officer who fatally shot Dreasjon Reed. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "'Highly upsetting': Report says IMPD was unprepared in George Floyd, Dreasjon Reed protests," 26 Feb. 2021 That was the first night of demonstrations over a grand jury's decision to indict only one of the three officers to fire their weapons at Breonna Taylor's apartment. Darcy Costello, USA TODAY, "Man accused of shooting two police officers at Breonna Taylor protest indicted by grand jury," 17 Nov. 2020 That was the first night of demonstrations over a grand jury's decision to indict only one of the three officers to fire their weapons at Breonna Taylor's apartment. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Man accused of shooting two LMPD officers indicted by grand jury on 35 counts," 16 Nov. 2020 The jurors then voted to indict the two men in both cases. Washington Post, "Ballistics work at D.C.’s crime lab criticized by forensic experts," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of indict

1531, 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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9 May 2021

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“Indict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indict. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 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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