[ in-dahyt-muhnt ]
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  1. an act of indicting.

  2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.

  1. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.

  2. the state of being indicted.

Origin of indictment

First recorded in 1275–1325; indict + -ment; replacing Middle English enditement, from Anglo-French (see indite)

Other words from indictment

  • non·in·dict·ment, noun
  • re·in·dict·ment, noun
  • su·per·in·dict·ment, noun

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How to use indictment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indictment


/ (ɪnˈdaɪtmənt) /

nouncriminal law
  1. a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury

  2. any formal accusation of crime

  1. Scot a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate

  2. the act of indicting or the state of being indicted

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Cultural definitions for 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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