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indict

[in-dahyt] /ɪnˈdaɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
(of a grand jury) to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial:
The grand jury indicted him for murder.
2.
to charge with an offense or crime; accuse of wrongdoing; castigate; criticize:
He tends to indict everyone of plotting against him.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; variant spelling (< Medieval Latin) of indite
Related forms
indictee, noun
indicter, indictor, noun
reindict, verb (used with object)
unindicted, adjective
Can be confused
indict, indite.
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  • He could not be indicted during his term of office, as others involved in the same cases were, because of presidential immunity.
  • The department store owners and the affiliated government officials were indicted.
British Dictionary definitions for indicted

indict

/ɪnˈdaɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to charge (a person) with crime, esp formally in writing; accuse
Derived Forms
indictee, noun
indicter, indictor, noun
Word Origin
C14: alteration of enditen to indite
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Word Origin and History for indicted

indict

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French enditer "accuse, indict" (late 13c.), Old French enditer "to dictate or inform," from Late Latin *indictare "to declare, proclaim in writing," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + dictare "to say, compose in words" (see dictate). Retained its French pronunciation even after the spelling was re-Latinized c.1600. In classical Latin, indictus meant "not said, unsaid." Related: Indictable; indicted; indicting.

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