indictment

[in-dahyt-muhnt]
noun
1.
an act of indicting.
2.
Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
3.
any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
4.
the state of being indicted.

Origin:
1275–1325; indict + -ment; replacing Middle English enditement < Anglo-French (see indite)

nonindictment, noun
reindictment, noun
superindictment, noun
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indictment (ɪnˈdaɪtmənt)
 
n
1.  a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
2.  any formal accusation of crime
3.  (Scot) a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
4.  the act of indicting or the state of being indicted

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Word Origin & History

indictment
c.1300, endytement "action of accusing," from Anglo-Fr. enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning "legal document containing a charge" is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.
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indictment [(in-deyet-muhnt)]

A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.

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Example sentences
Such a stark indictment would surely draw reaction from the government and oil
  companies.
The indictment against the large unwanted family is written in human woe.
Official and spiritual acts, prayers and preferments, are all mingled in the
  indictment.
They claim that these individual cases of journalistic misconduct add up to an
  indictment of the whole business.
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