verb (used with object), in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing.

to compose or write, as a poem.
to treat in a literary composition.
Obsolete. to dictate.
Obsolete. to prescribe.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for indite

pen, compose, dictate

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verb (tr)

archaic to write
obsolete to dictate
Derived Formsinditement, nouninditer, noun

Word Origin for indite

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


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

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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