Origin of indictaltered (infl. by L) from Middle English enditen, to write down, accuse from Anglo-Latin indictare from Late Latin an unverified form indictare from Classical Latin in, against + dictare: see dictate
Indict is defined as to accuse or formally charge someone with a wrongdoing.
An example of indict is someone being charged with a crime.
to charge with the commission of a crime; esp., to make a formal accusation against on the basis of positive legal evidence: usually said of the action of a grand jury
transitive verbin·dict·ed, in·dict·ing, in·dicts
- Law To charge (a party) by indictment.
- To accuse of wrongdoing or criticize severely: “[He] managed to indict the country's smug, liberal establishment whose lip service throttled the struggle for civil rights” ( Bob Spitz )
Origin of indictAlteration of Middle English enditen to accuse, write a document ; see indite .
- in·dict′er in·dict′or
(third-person singular simple present indicts, present participle indicting, simple past and past participle indicted)
- Federal grand juries vote to indict 99% of the time.
- The District Attorney moved to indict the suspect in the murder case.
- A grand jury voted to indict the parents of the murdered toddler on charges of child abuse resulting in death.
- The grand jury was reduced to twelve members, and nine concurring may indict.
- By revisers elected annually the Riksdag controls the finances of the kingdom, and by an official (justitieombudsman) elected in the same way the administration of justice is controlled; he can indict any functionary of the state who has abused his power.