- the edict of a Roman emperor, fixing the tax valuation of property for each fifteen-year period
- the tax levied or this valuation
Origin of indictionMiddle English indictioun ; from Classical Latin indictio ; from past participle of indicere, to declare, announce ; from in-, in + dicere, to say, tell: see diction
A 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and incorporated in some medieval systems.
Origin of indictionMiddle English indiccioun, from Late Latin indicti&omacron;, indicti&omacron;n-, proclamation, period of 15 years, from Latin indictus, past participle of ind&imacron;cere, to proclaim : in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + d&imacron;cere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- (historical) A fiscal period of fifteen years, instituted by Constantine in 313 CE (but counting from 1st September 312), used throughout the Middle Ages as a way of dating events, documents etc.
- A declaration or official announcement.
- (historical) The decree made by Roman Emperors which fixed the property tax for the next fifteen years.
From Old French indiction or its source, Latin indictiōnem, accusative singular of indictiō, from indicere, present active infinitive of indicō.