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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indictverb

    accuse formally of a crime


  1. indictverb

    To accuse of wrongdoing; charge.

    a book that indicts modern values

    Etymology: From enditer, from enditer, from indicto, from in- + dictare.

  2. indictverb

    To make a formal accusation or indictment against (a party) by the findings of a jury, especially a grand jury.

    Etymology: From enditer, from enditer, from indicto, from in- + dictare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indictverb

    to write; to compose; to dictate; to indite

    Etymology: [OE. enditen. See Indite.]

  2. Indictverb

    to appoint publicly or by authority; to proclaim or announce

    Etymology: [OE. enditen. See Indite.]

  3. Indictverb

    to charge with a crime, in due form of law, by the finding or presentment of a grand jury; to find an indictment against; as, to indict a man for arson. It is the peculiar province of a grand jury to indict, as it is of a house of representatives to impeach

    Etymology: [OE. enditen. See Indite.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indict

    in-dīt′, v.t. to charge with a crime formally or in writing, esp. by a grand-jury.—adj. Indict′able.—ns. Indictee′, one who is indicted; Indict′ment, formal accusation: the written accusation against one who is to be tried by jury: (Scots law) the form under which a criminal is put to trial at the instance of the Lord Advocate.—Find an indictment, said of the grand-jury when they are satisfied of the truth of the accusation, and endorse the bill, A true bill. [L. indictāre, freq. of indicĕre, indictum, to declare—in, in, dicĕre, to say.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indict in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of indict in a Sentence

  1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.

  2. Darius Pinex mother:

    Me and my family wants to move on, that's all me and my family are asking for. Indict the cops and fire anyone who covered-up my son's murder.

  3. Nick Gravante:

    If they presently intended to indict him, I would have been informed. I haven't been and, in fact, have been informed to the contrary.

  4. Connie Rice:

    Previously, cops knew they could get away with anything, because the LAPD refused to indict any of its own.

  5. Sharon Black:

    We are all united in our demand to indict the six police officers and convict.

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