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 Expensive, exclusive The indictment against Ray contrasts the rarefied status Sarah Lawrence has held in academic circles and in pop culture. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, "Man charged with sex trafficking lived in daughter's dorm, feds say. How is that possible?," 21 Feb. 2020 On the same day, federal prosecutors in North Carolina unsealed a similar indictment against Bryan Ragon, 43, an IT director for Zapata Inc., an international architecture, engineering and field services company in Charlotte. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "N.C. man charged with sex trafficking same girl feds say was victimized by Altoona school official," 21 Feb. 2020 Beyond the indictments against members of Russian military intelligence handed down by Mueller, the Trump administration has imposed a number of significant sanctions against Russia and has built up the U.S. military’s presence in Eastern Europe. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Spy chief team told House Intelligence Committee that Russia supports Trump in 2020," 20 Feb. 2020 The Turkish Bar Association puts the number of killed in the unrest at 15, including a police officer, but the prosecutor’s indictment against the defendants says five were killed. Washington Post, "Civil society figures back in court in Turkey protest trial," 18 Feb. 2020 In 2019, federal grand juries in New York and Washington State handed down a pair of indictments against the company and Meng on 23 total counts of wire fraud, money laundering and theft of trade secrets. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "U.S. unveils new charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei," 13 Feb. 2020 In June 2018, prosecutors filed a new indictment against Mr. Schulte, adding the WikiLeaks charges. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Ex-CIA Engineer Set to Go on Trial for Massive Leak," 3 Feb. 2020 On Friday, Lowell filed a motion to dismiss the indictments against his client. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Developer says FBI bribed ex-Dallas council member Dwaine Caraway, took him to men’s clubs and casinos," 1 Feb. 2020 Within hours, Israel’s attorney general filed criminal indictments against Netanyahu in Jerusalem’s District Court, kicking off legal proceedings that will unfold over coming months. Steve Hendrix,, "Benjamin Netanyahu withdraws request for immunity from prosecution," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of indictment

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

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25 Feb 2020

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“Indictment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 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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