- (of a grand jury) to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial: The grand jury indicted him for murder.
- to charge with an offense or crime; accuse of wrongdoing; castigate; criticize: He tends to indict everyone of plotting against him.
Origin of indict
Examples from the Web for indict
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Both were killed by police officers, but grand juries failed to indict in either case.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
I looked in the news and watched the news last night after the grand jury decided not to indict him.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
December 6, 2014
Even though a grand jury chose not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner, the video is damning of police.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Today, a grand jury announced that it would not indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo.First Mike Brown, Then Eric Garner: Prosecutors Can’t Be Trusted to Try Cops
December 3, 2014
Not a bit of it Let her contract a new marriage, and the law will indict her for bigamy.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Now, we cannot indict a man for cherishing hopes, or for encouraging them in others.The Arena
Why did you not add 'He whom I indict is my teacher, my step-father, my mediator'?The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura
How do you suppose Jethro Bass knew you were going to indict the town?Coniston, Complete
I will call no names, because that would be to indict the public taste.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
- (tr) to charge (a person) with crime, esp formally in writing; accuse
Word Origin and History for indict
c.1300, from Anglo-French enditer "accuse, indict" (late 13c.), Old French enditer "to dictate or inform," from Late Latin *indictare "to declare, proclaim in writing," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + dictare "to say, compose in words" (see dictate). Retained its French pronunciation even after the spelling was re-Latinized c.1600. In classical Latin, indictus meant "not said, unsaid." Related: Indictable; indicted; indicting.