indictment

[in-dahyt-muh nt]

noun

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 formsnon·in·dict·ment, nounre·in·dict·ment, nounsu·per·in·dict·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for indictment

Contemporary Examples of indictment

Historical Examples of indictment

  • 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.

    Bunyan

    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

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
n.

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

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.

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