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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Definitions for indite

  1. to compose or write, as a poem.
  2. to treat in a literary composition.
  3. Obsolete. to dictate.

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Citations for indite
"Will it be any harm," he said to his friends, "in a piece you want to be written so low, if we should teach them how they should think and act in common cases, as well as indite?" Samuel Richardson, A Quiet Corner in a Library, 1915
And then she called her father Sir Barnard and her brother Sir Tirry, and heartily she prayed her father that her brother might write a letter like as she did indite; and so her father granted her. Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'arthur, 1470
Origin of indite
1325-1375
Appearing in English in the mid-1300s, this wordy word comes from the Latin root dictare meaning "to declare, dictate, or compose in words." Combined with the prefix in-, indite literally means "to put down in writing."