indictment

noun
in·​dict·​ment | \ in-ˈdīt-mənt How to pronounce indictment (audio) \

Definition of indictment

1a : the action or the legal process of indicting
b : the state of being indicted
2 : a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (such as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense
3 : an expression of strong disapproval an indictment of government policy on immigrants

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Synonyms for indictment

Synonyms

charge, complaint, count, rap

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Examples of indictment in a Sentence

The grand jury has handed down indictments against several mobsters. No one was surprised by her indictment. She intended the film to be an indictment of the media.
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NBC News also reports that universities involved in the indictment include Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Texas, UCLA, the University of San Diego, Yale, and more. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Is Being Harassed on Instagram Following Alleged Cheating Scandal," 12 Mar. 2019 The indictment says the surreptitious campaign was organized by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm financed by companies controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman with ties to President Vladimir Putin. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 Soon after the news of the indictment broke, people swarmed Olivia Jade’s Instagram comments and began accusing her of being a cheater. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Is Being Harassed on Instagram Following Alleged Cheating Scandal," 12 Mar. 2019 The indictment also comes as the US and China are engaged in a trade war. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US charges Chinese government-linked hackers accused of a decade-long global cyber campaign," 20 Dec. 2018 The Department of Justice has unsealed indictments against eight people who allegedly ran the infamous online advertising scams 3ve and Methbot. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam," 27 Nov. 2018 But the White House pointed out that the indictment did not charge that any American citizen committed a crime. New York Times, "Gap Between Trump and Justice Dept. Officials Grows Starker," 13 July 2018 The 11-count indictment alleges that the Russian agents infiltrated the networks, stealing documents on field operations, opposition research and campaign analytics and implanting malicious computer code. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "State investigates Russian investor's ties to Maryland elections software," 13 July 2018 Less well remembered is the indictment by Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh of Reagan’s Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger—four days before the election. C. Boyden Gray, WSJ, "Bush’s Proud Domestic Legacy," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of indictment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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indictment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indictment

: an official written statement charging a person with a crime
: the act of officially charging someone with a crime : the act of indicting someone
: an expression or statement of strong disapproval

indictment

noun
in·​dict·​ment | \ in-ˈdīt-mənt How to pronounce indictment (audio) \

Legal Definition of indictment

1 : the action or the legal process of indicting
2a : a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a grand jury that charges a person or persons with an offense — compare complaint, information
b : bill of indictment at bill 3b

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