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indiction

[in-dik-shuh n] /ɪnˈdɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
a proclamation made every 15 years in the later Roman Empire, fixing the valuation of property to be used as a basis for taxation.
2.
a tax based on such valuation.
3.
Also called cycle of indiction. the recurring fiscal period of 15 years in the Roman Empire, long used for dating ordinary events.
Compare lustrum.
4.
a specified year in this period.
5.
the number indicating it.
Origin of indiction
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English indiccio(u)n < Latin indictiōn- (stem of indictiō) announcement, equivalent to indict(us) past participle of indīcere to announce, proclaim + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
indictional, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Cycles used in chronology are three: The solar cycle, the lunar cycle, and the cycle of indiction.

    Our Calendar George Nichols Packer
  • Indeed, if popularity was an indiction, this had become suddenly true.

  • Therefore, for this indiction, we decorate you with the ensigns of the Consulship.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • The date of the letters is the Third indiction, September 1, 509.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Was he designated when the great Imperial officers were appointed at the beginning of the indiction?

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Announces to this young man his nomination to the Praefecture of the City (for the 4th indiction).

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Before its adoption the usual practice in Latin countries was to distinguish the years by their number in the cycle of indiction.

  • By extending it backwards, it will be found that the first of the era was the fourth of the cycle of indiction.

  • The indiction itself, and every one of the years composing it, began on the 1st of September of the calendar year.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • We entrust to you therefore for this indiction the dignity of the Comitiva Romana, with all its rights and just emoluments.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
British Dictionary definitions for indiction

indiction

/ɪnˈdɪkʃən/
noun (in the Roman Empire and later in various medieval kingdoms)
1.
a recurring fiscal period of 15 years, often used as a unit for dating events
2.
a particular year in this period or the number assigned it
3.
(from the reign of Constantine the Great)
  1. a valuation of property made every 15 years as a basis for taxation
  2. the tax based on this valuation
Derived Forms
indictional, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin indictiō declaration, announcement of a tax; see indite
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Word Origin and History for indiction
n.

late 14c., "period of fifteen years," a chronological unit of the Romans, originally for taxation purposes, fixed by Constantine and reckoned from Sept. 1, 312; it was still in use in the Middle Ages. From Latin indictionem (nominative indictio) "declaration, appointment," noun of action from past participle stem of indicere (see indictive).

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