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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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 indictments usually serve as attacks on the authority of their targets.
The indictments in the show trials, and the defendants' coerced statements,
  have added ever more fanciful layers.
If something is wrong with a paper, the faults can be identified without
  sweeping indictments.
The results of the school system that are challenged in these newer indictments
  may be brought under three groups.
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