- (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
Related Words for indictingprosecute, censure, summon, incriminate, charge, impeach, arraign, frame, tax, criminate, inculpate, finger
Examples from the Web for indicting
Contemporary Examples of indicting
The answer, sadly, is perhaps the most indicting data to come out in recent years, revealed this past week.No Partner For Peace
June 25, 2012
Historical Examples of indicting
Upon which his host advanced, indicting him with a long white forefinger.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
It is as if not they were being indicted, but they were indicting society!The Live Corpse
It seems to imply that the drunken one was indicting the executive.It Never Can Happen Again
William De Morgan
I believe in indicting them, trying them, and convicting them.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
In America, the idea of indicting a man for endeavouring "to bring the government into contempt," would appear ludicrous.
- (tr) to charge (a person) with crime, esp formally in writing; accuse
Word Origin for indict
Word Origin and History for indicting
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.