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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Those indictments were brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating, among other things, links between Trump’s campaign and Russian influence. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Russians Took Aim at Black Voters to Boost Trump, Reports to Senate Find," 17 Dec. 2018 The indictment says the firm received payments from clients with business before the commission in exchange for favorable votes by Maddox. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner," 12 Dec. 2018 This summer, the special counsel investigation disclosed that foreign actors had targeted Georgia’s election infrastructure as part of an indictment of Russian military intelligence officials. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Real security flaws became a sketchy hacking investigation in Georgia," 5 Nov. 2018 The indictment says Operation Lakhta had an ever-increasing budget that reached more than $1 million per month earlier this year. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 The indictment says one of the intrusions came that summer, on a vendor whose software is used to verify voter registration information. CBS News, "Top state election officials meet amid security concerns," 14 July 2018 Nguyen allegedly climbed into one of four police pickups, which were used to block a road, and urged others to climb over the vehicles to continue their march, the indictment reportedly said. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during protest in Vietnam scheduled to stand trial," 13 July 2018 The indictment says that the hackers took additional steps to conceal their tracks, purchasing Bitcoin using prepaid cards and via peer-to-peer exchanges, which facilitate direct transactions between individuals, often unsurveilled. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!," 13 July 2018 Another person was pistol-whipped and hit with a fire extinguisher, the indictment said. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DeKalb gangster gets 8 years prison in deadly home invasion," 30 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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