Indict In*dict" ([i^]n*d[imac]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indicted} ([i^]n*d[imac]t"[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Indicting}.] [OE. enditen. See {Indite}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To write; to compose; to dictate; to indite. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. To appoint publicly or by authority; to proclaim or announce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I am told shall have no Lent indicted this year. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) To charge with a crime, in due form of law, by the finding or presentment of a grand jury; to bring 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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(formally, by finding of grand jury),

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  • indict — in·dict /in dīt/ vt [alteration of earlier indite, from Anglo French enditer, from Old French, to write down, ultimately from Latin indicere to proclaim, from in toward + dicere to say]: to charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a… …   Law dictionary

  • indict — in‧dict [ɪnˈdaɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] especially AmE LAW to officially charge someone with a criminal offence: indict somebody for something • 21 currency traders have been indicted for illegal trading practices. indictable adjective …   Financial and business terms

  • indict — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. enditer accuse, indict (late 13c.), O.Fr. enditer to dictate or inform, from L.L. *indictare to declare, proclaim in writing, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + dictare to say, compose in words (see DICTATE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • indict — [ɛ̃dikt] n. m. ÉTYM. Attesté XVIIIe, Saint Foix, in Littré; adj. « établi par un édit », mil. XVe; lat. indictum « chose prescrite », p. p. neutre substantivé de indicere « notifier, annoncer ». → Indiction. ❖ ♦ Vx. Indiction (2.) d une foire. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • indict — incriminate, impeach, charge, arraign, *accuse Analogous words: blame, denounce, condemn (see CRITICIZE) Contrasted words: *exculpate, absolve, exonerate, acquit, vindicate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • indict — meaning ‘to accuse formally’, is pronounced in diyt, and the same pronunciation applies to its derivatives indictable and indictment …   Modern English usage

  • indict — [v] accuse arraign, censure, charge, criminate, face with charges, finger*, frame*, impeach, incriminate, inculpate, prosecute, summon, tax; concepts 44,317 Ant. absolve, acquit, exonerate …   New thesaurus

  • indict — ► VERB ▪ formally accuse or charge with a serious crime. DERIVATIVES indictee noun indicter noun. ORIGIN Latin indicere proclaim, appoint …   English terms dictionary

  • indict — [in dīt′] vt. [altered (infl. by L) < ME enditen, to write down, accuse < Anglo L indictare < LL * indictare < L in, against + dictare: see DICTATE] to charge with the commission of a crime; esp., to make a formal accusation against… …   English World dictionary

  • indict — v. (D; tr.) to indict for (to indict smb. for murder) * * * [ɪn daɪt] (D;tr.) to indict for (to indict smb. for murder) …   Combinatory dictionary

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