from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of indicting.
  • n. The condition of being indicted.
  • n. Law A written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
  • n. The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury.
  • n. An accusation in general; a formal accusation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of indicting; accusation; formal charge or statement of grievances; formal complaint before a tribunal.
  • n. In law, the formal complaint by which a criminal offense, found by the grand jury to have been committed, is by it charged against the supposed offender for presentation to the court, that he may be put on trial.
  • n. In Scots law, a form or process by which a criminal is brought to trial at the instance of the lord advocate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an accusation of wrongdoing
  • n. a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

18th century Latinized respelling of Middle English endytement ("action of accusing"), from Anglo-Norman enditement, from enditer



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  • While as a description of reality this was probably accurate, it fails as an indictment.

    September 14, 2010