indictment

noun
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

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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Eleven packages containing explosive materials were mailed to the agencies on March 16, according to an indictment filed against Phan, who is from Everett, north of Seattle. Martha Bellisle, Fox News, "Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent," 13 July 2018 Eleven packages containing explosive materials were mailed to the agencies on March 16, according to an indictment filed against Phan, who is from Everett, north of Seattle. Washington Post, "Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent," 12 July 2018 Manafort brought on as his business partner in these endeavors Konstantin Kilimnik, a former member of Russia’s foreign military-intelligence agency who — according to an indictment by Mueller — still has ties to Russian intelligence. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 By then, Guccifer 2.0 had begun to release some of the emails online to a site called DC Leaks and through WikiLeaks, according to the indictment. Rosalind S. Helderman And Manuel Roig-franzia, chicagotribune.com, "Charges against Russian officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Stone," 13 July 2018 Texter also was passing on an uphill portion of East Cherokee Drive, according to the indictment. Steve Burns, ajc, "North Fulton woman indicted in deadly Cherokee County crash," 13 July 2018 The Russians also hacked into the computer system of a vendor that supplies voter registration software, according to the indictment. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Russians attempted to break into Wisconsin voter registration system, but state not mentioned in indictment," 13 July 2018 Sommers allegedly poached the turtles and their eggs in 2017 and sold them to buyers in New York and Wisconsin, with each transaction totaling more than $350, according to the indictment. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018 According to the indictment, the Livas owned and operated Pop’s Pharmacy LLC, where Chalker worked as a pharmacist. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Authorities charge 601 people in health care fraud, opioid crackdown," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of indictment

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

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indictment

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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

indictment

noun
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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