indictment

[in-dahyt-muh nt]
noun
  1. an act of indicting.
  2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
  3. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
  4. the state of being indicted.

Origin of indictment

1275–1325; indict + -ment; replacing Middle English enditement < Anglo-French (see indite)
Related formsnon·in·dict·ment, nounre·in·dict·ment, nounsu·per·in·dict·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for reindictment

indictment

noun criminal law
  1. a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
  2. any formal accusation of crime
  3. Scot a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
  4. the act of indicting or the state of being indicted
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Word Origin and History for reindictment

indictment

n.

c.1300, endytement "action of accusing," from Anglo-French enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning "legal document containing a charge" is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reindictment in Culture

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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