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[in-dahyt] /ɪnˈdaɪt/
verb (used with object), indited, inditing.
to compose or write, as a poem.
to treat in a literary composition.
Obsolete. to dictate.
Obsolete. to prescribe.
Origin of indite
1325-75; Middle English enditen < Old French enditer < Vulgar Latin *indictāre, derivative of Latin indīctus past participle of indīcere to announce, proclaim. See in-2, dictum
Related forms
inditement, noun
inditer, noun
Can be confused
indict, indite. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
(archaic) to write
(obsolete) to dictate
Derived Forms
inditement, noun
inditer, noun
Usage note
Indite and inditement are sometimes wrongly used where indict and indictment are meant: he was indicted (not indited) for fraud
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enditer, from Latin indīcere to declare, from in-² + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for indite

late 14c., "put down in writing," from Old French enditer, from Vulgar Latin *indictare, from Latin in- "in, into, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + dictare "to declare" (see dictate). The same word as indict but retaining a French form. Related: Indited; inditing.

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