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verb (used with object)
  1. (of a grand jury) to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial: The grand jury indicted him for murder.
  2. to charge with an offense or crime; accuse of wrongdoing; castigate; criticize: He tends to indict everyone of plotting against him.
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Origin of indict

1620–30; variant spelling (< Medieval Latin) of indite
Related formsin·dict·ee, nounin·dict·er, in·dict·or, nounre·in·dict, verb (used with object)un·in·dict·ed, adjective
Can be confusedindict indite
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Related Words for indicted

prosecute, censure, summon, incriminate, charge, impeach, arraign, frame, tax, criminate, inculpate, finger

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Historical Examples of indicted

  • One asked, "Whether she was to be indicted for a highwayman?"

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • Then he drew up his report, in which the officer was indicted.

  • Anytus is quite right in saying that they should never have indicted him if they meant to let him go.



  • All I know is that he was indicted and that we came to Los Angeles to escape the officers.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • Not one of them was indicted or tried because he was a traitor to his country.

    The Debs Decision

    Scott Nearing

British Dictionary definitions for indicted


  1. (tr) to charge (a person) with crime, esp formally in writing; accuse
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Derived Formsindictee, nounindicter or indictor, noun

Word Origin for indict

C14: alteration of enditen to indite


See indite
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Word Origin and History for indicted



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.

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