in·dict·ment | \ in-ˈdīt-mənt \

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


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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The indictment alleges that between June 21 and 22, the three willfully used spray paint to deface the Visitor’s Center, which is federal property, at Mission San José and signage, resulting in more than $1,000 of damage. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Trio accused of vandalism at missions face federal charge," 11 July 2018 The indictment alleges that as much as $556,000 was obtained by fraud. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "KC day care operators scammed more than $500,000 from the government, feds allege," 28 June 2018 The indictment alleges a scheme that illegally recruited patients, paid kickbacks, and defrauded health care benefit programs for widespread fraudulent urine testing, the news release said. Linda Trischitta,, "Authorities charge 601 people in health care fraud, opioid crackdown," 28 June 2018 The indictment alleges that Holmes and Balwani defrauded doctors and patients, as well as investors, according to The Wall Street Journal. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Resigned. Then, Federal Prosecutors Charged Her With Fraud," 15 June 2018 The indictment alleges that on March 17, 2017, U.S. intelligence agencies provided a classified document to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Author: Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Anchorage Daily News, "Ex-Senate staffer faces charges in leak investigation," 8 June 2018 The indictment alleges a scheme in which Code and Dawkins were brokering meetings between coaches and financial backers as part of a scheme to bribe athletes to attend and play for certain schools. Dom Amore,, "UConn Investigated, Notified NCAA Of Assistant Basketball Coach's Meeting With Two Indicted In FBI Investigation," 8 June 2018 In the wake of the indictments, which were issued Wednesday, District Court trials scheduled following their arrests in May have been called off, according to court records, and the four are to appear in Circuit Court next month. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School," 13 July 2018 And that is when Heburn sent the girlfriend photos of Molina's indictment. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "She was supposed to keep her mouth shut. Now, this Miami juror faces prison for blabbing," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of indictment

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

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English Language Learners Definition of indictment

law : 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 \

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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