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[in-dahyt-muh nt] /ɪnˈdaɪt mənt/
an act of indicting.
Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
the state of being indicted.
Origin of indictment
1275-1325; indict + -ment; replacing Middle English enditement < Anglo-French (see indite)
Related forms
nonindictment, noun
reindictment, noun
superindictment, noun Unabridged
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  • There is another article, and far more damaging, in the indictment.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • The Inspector seized on the one flaw left him for defense against her indictment.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • In his heart he knew there was justification for her indictment, truth in what she had said.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Falsepeace insisted that he was wrongly named in the indictment.


    James Anthony Froude
  • But Corinne's glances toward the rigid Pascal held no indictment.

    Weak on Square Roots Russell Burton
British Dictionary definitions for indictment


noun (criminal law)
a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
any formal accusation of crime
(Scot) a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
the act of indicting or the state of being indicted
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Word Origin and History for indictment

c.1300, endytement "action of accusing," from Anglo-French enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning "legal document containing a charge" is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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indictment in Culture
indictment [(in-deyet-muhnt)]

A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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