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indite

[in-dahyt]
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verb (used with object), in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing.
  1. to compose or write, as a poem.
  2. to treat in a literary composition.
  3. Obsolete. to dictate.
  4. Obsolete. to prescribe.
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Origin of indite

1325–75; Middle English enditen < Old French enditer < Vulgar Latin *indictāre, derivative of Latin indīctus past participle of indīcere to announce, proclaim. See in-2, dictum
Related formsin·dite·ment, nounin·dit·er, noun
Can be confusedindict indite
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Examples from the Web for indite

Historical Examples

  • I have just left him to feed upon them at his ease there, while I indite a letter to you.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald

    Edward FitzGerald

  • He expected that it would be the last he should ever indite.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Then Mrs. Berry trained her fist to indite a letter to her bride.

  • For as for me, that which I have not tasted I cannot indite.

  • Better to write and to feel such a sentiment than to indite volumes.

    Daughters of the Puritans

    Seth Curtis Beach


British Dictionary definitions for indite

indite

verb (tr)
  1. archaic to write
  2. obsolete to dictate
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Derived Formsinditement, nouninditer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French enditer, from Latin indīcere to declare, from in- ² + dīcere to say

usage

Indite and inditement are sometimes wrongly used where indict and indictment are meant: he was indicted (not indited) for fraud
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Word Origin and History for indite

v.

late 14c., "put down in writing," from Old French enditer, from Vulgar Latin *indictare, from Latin in- "in, into, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + dictare "to declare" (see dictate). The same word as indict but retaining a French form. Related: Indited; inditing.

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