- The definition of an indictment is a charge or formal written accusation charging someone with a crime.
An example of indictment is the accusation which caused Nazi war criminals to be tried in the Nuremberg Trials.
- an indicting or being indicted
- a charge; accusation; specif. a formal written accusation charging one or more persons with the commission of a crime, presented by a grand jury to the court when the jury has found, after examining the evidence presented, that there is a valid case
Origin of indictmentMiddle English and amp; Anglo-French enditement
- Law a. A set of written criminal charges issued against a party, where a grand jury, under the guidance of a prosecutor, has found that sufficient evidence exists to justify trying the party for that crime.b. The act or process of obtaining such charges.
- A document or other communication that makes accusations of wrongdoing or describes an unacceptable situation: “[the book, an] exhaustively researched indictment of the fast-food industry” (Suzanne Schlosberg).
(countable and uncountable, plural indictments)
- (law) An official formal accusation for a criminal offence, or the process by which it is brought to a jury. [from 14th c.]
- (law) The official legal document outlining the charges concerned. [from 16th c.]
- (countable, uncountable) An accusation of wrongdoing; a criticism or condemnation. [from 19th c.]
18th century Latinized respelling of Middle English endytement (“action of accusing”), from Anglo-Norman enditement, from enditer
indictment - Legal Definition
- A charge made by a grand jury against a defendant.
- The process of making such a charge.