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.

Nearby words

  1. indissolubility,
  2. indissoluble,
  3. indistinct,
  4. indistinctive,
  5. indistinguishable,
  6. inditement,
  7. indium,
  8. indiv.,
  9. indivertible,
  10. individ.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inditement


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 inditement
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