Definition of indictment in English:


Syllabification: in·dict·ment
Pronunciation: /inˈdītmənt


  • 1chiefly North American A formal charge or accusation of a serious crime: an indictment for conspiracy
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    • The appellant was charged on a separate indictment with criminal involvement in the two drug importations in April and May 1996.
    • What obstacle would there then have been to the presentation of an indictment for the extradition offence?
    • Under the agreement, the military is not obliged to turn over personnel accused of crimes until a formal indictment has been made.
  • 1.1The action of indicting or being indicted: the indictment of twelve people who had imported cocaine
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    • This offence is punishable with up to ten years' imprisonment following conviction on indictment.
    • It is my submission that the matter is, at its simplest level, where a person is not convicted on indictment he is convicted summarily.
    • In many of these instances, there was no trial, or even indictment - the suspects were detained nevertheless.
  • 2A thing that serves to illustrate that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned: these rapidly escalating crime figures are an indictment of our society
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    • I have never and would never advocate violence as a solution to any problem but it is a sad indictment of our system that in the end it was the only way out for us.
    • It's a woeful indictment of a hopeless situation.
    • A powerful indictment of the system, it errs on the side of cartoonish overstatement once or twice but overall is well worth seeing.


Middle English enditement, inditement, from Anglo-Norman French enditement, from enditer (see indict).

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