indict

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verb in·dict \in-ˈdīt\

Definition of indict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge with a fault or offense :  criticize, accuse

  3. 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

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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

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


First Known Use: circa 1626


INDICT Defined for English Language Learners

indict

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verb in·dict \in-ˈdīt\

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

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verb in·dict \in-ˈdīt\

Definition of indict for Students

indicted

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indicting

  1. :  to formally charge with an offense or crime

indictment

\-ˈdīt-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

indict

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transitive verb in·dict \in-ˈdīt\

Legal Definition of indict

  1. :  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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