[ in-dahyt-muh nt ]
/ ɪnˈdaɪt mənt /


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)


non·in·dict·ment, nounre·in·dict·ment, nounsu·per·in·dict·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for indictment

/ (ɪnˈdaɪtmənt) /

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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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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