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 Duggar's parents released a joint statement on their family website Friday following the news of their eldest son's indictment. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Josh Duggar pleads not guilty: Everything we know about his child pornography charges," 3 May 2021 Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said jurors issued true bills of indictment in 2,042 cases. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Woman accused in shooting death of Beyonce's cousin among hundreds indicted this week," 30 Apr. 2021 The first public mention of the indictment came during Weinstein’s last extradition hearing on April 12. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Judge gives Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys 30 days to challenge extradition to L.A.," 30 Apr. 2021 At the time of the indictment, Luciotti was already on suspension on a separate personnel matter. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Maryland officer charged with assaulting woman during 2020 traffic stop," 20 Apr. 2021 There is no record of an indictment for either offense. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, "THE FORT," 18 Apr. 2021 Around the time of the indictment, the Justice Department began investigating Gaetz’s ties to the same girl., "Indicted Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal with prosecutors in sex trafficking case," 8 Apr. 2021 In response to requests for comment from Jackson and Lackey, a city spokeswoman said in a statement that officials learned of the indictment March 29, the day before it was unsealed. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Aide to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson charged with rape," 7 Apr. 2021 In the aftermath of the indictment, prosecutors have also pursued school districts who were supposed to hold the A3 schools accountable and private vendors who received public school dollars from A3 schools to act like schools for A3. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Accused A3 charter school ringleaders plead guilty to conspiracy," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of indictment

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

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The first known use of indictment was in the 14th century

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12 May 2021

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“Indictment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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