indict

[in-dahyt]
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.

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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Historical Examples of indictor

  • So it became possible for a defendant to challenge an indictor for cause before the indictor was put on the petty assize.


British Dictionary definitions for indictor

indict

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

Word Origin for indict

C14: alteration of enditen to indite

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Word Origin and History for indictor

indict

v.

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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