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

Definition of indictment

1 : 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
2a : the action or the legal process of indicting
b : the state of being indicted
3 : an expression of strong disapproval an indictment of government policy on immigrants

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But the hacking continued in 2018 and 2019, according to the indictment, until a June 2019 FBI raid that obtained hard drives with thousands of proprietary Nintendo files. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "FBI catches hacker that stole Nintendo’s secrets for years," 3 Feb. 2020 According to the indictment, the scheme took place between mid-2018 and June 2019, when charges were filed. Kevin Grasha,, "Man, woman ordered to pay $1.2 million to Fifth Third Bank for check fraud scheme," 30 Jan. 2020 Pistor thus lays out a double indictment of the law. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 In exchange for bribes and kickbacks, doctors and other practitioners wrote large numbers of prescriptions for the patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer, according to the indictment. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Former CEO of Chandler-based Insys gets 30-month prison sentence in opioid bribery case," 22 Jan. 2020 In one instance, according to the indictment, Dunker allegedly picked up one of the students prior to school and had intercourse with him in her car in a park. Jeff Truesdell,, "Ohio Teacher Allegedly Had Sex with 2 Students in Her Car and Home," 7 Jan. 2020 Bailey was already under indictment on seven counts of second-degree assault in the 2017 shooting at a Center Point church carnival that left at least five people wounded, including an 11-month-old girl. Carol Robinson |, al, "Teen charged in fatal drive-by outside Birmingham club awaiting trial in church carnival shooting," 5 Dec. 2019 The indictment said Netanyahu assisted the Israeli Milchan, a Hollywood mogul, in extending his U.S. visa. Arkansas Online, "Israel's Netanyahu charged in corruption cases," 21 Nov. 2019 Avenatti is under indictment in two separate federal courts, and some charges relate to his representation of Daniels. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "President Donald Trump wants piece of Stormy Daniels’ settlement over Columbus strip club arrest," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of indictment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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11 Feb 2020

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“Indictment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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