indite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v indite produce a literary work "She composed a poem","He wrote four novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Indite To compose; to write, as a poem. "Wounded I sing, tormented I indite ."
    • Indite To compose; to write; to be author of; to dictate; to prompt. "My heart is inditing a good matter.""Could a common grief have indited such expressions?""Hear how learned Greece her useful rules indites ."
    • Indite To indict; to accuse; to censure.
    • Indite To invite or ask. "She will indite him to some supper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indite To put into verbal form; compose; write.
    • indite To conceive the form of; arrange for utterance or writing: only in the place cited.
    • indite In the following passage, to invite: perhaps a misprint.
    • indite To compose; write.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Indite in-dīt′ to compose or write: :
    • v.i Indite to compose
    • v.t Indite in-dīt′ (B.) to arrange for utterance or writing
    • v.t Indite in-dīt′ (Shak.) to invite
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enditen, to indite, indict, OF. enditer, to indicate, show, dictate, write, inform, and endicter, to accuse; both fr. LL. indictare, to show, to accuse, fr. L. indicere, to proclaim, announce; pref. in-, in + dicere, to say. The word was influenced also by L. indicare, to indicate, and by dictare, to dictate. See Diction, and cf. Indict Indicate Dictate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enditer, a doublet of indict.

Usage

In literature:

Surely it is indited by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
At the same time Stephen Webb was busily engaged In the writing room of the Palmer House, inditing a letter to his uncle.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
In due time the two documents were indited and carefully signed.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
I am almost baking on the top of this kopje, as I sit with my back against a rock and indite these little records.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
When he recovers he indites the aforesaid letter.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
And it was then Sally went upstairs and indited her friend for sitting on that sofa after calling him a shop-boy.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Stop tears, or I'll indite All weeping Bedfordshire for turning Bunyanite!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Perhaps in his darkest moments, he indites a paragraph that cheers thousands.
"Scientific American magazine Vol 2. No. 3 Oct 10 1846" by Various
After that he indited a sonnet to the princess, who regarded him wide-eyed.
"The Valor of Cappen Varra" by Poul William Anderson
And plucking of her head, straight way hee writes, VVho (sending it as token) thus indites.
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
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In poetry:

Write that I do write you blessed,
Will you write 'tis but a writing?
But if Truth and Love confess it,
Will ye doubt the true inditing?
"Another Of The Same (A Report Song In A Dream)" by Nicholas Breton
No, I say, and think, and write it,
Write, and think, and say your pleasure;
Love, and truth, and I indite it,
You are blessèd out of measure.
"Another Of The Same (A Report Song In A Dream)" by Nicholas Breton
YE Dog'rels who do take delight
Against your neebour lads to write,
Ye mak' your sapless verse through spite,
Against these men;
If ye nae better can indite,
Lay by your pen.
"Address To Doggerels" by Susannah Hawkins
ENVOY: From the jewelled circles where I indite
This song which my faithless tears make wet,
We trail the light till its gemmed rings smite
The shadow—that falleth! and spares us yet.
"Six Studies In Exotic Forms Of Verse" by Emily Pfeiffer
O England! in thine hour of need,
When Faith's reward and valor's meed
Is death or glory,
When Faith indites, with biting brand,
Clasped in each warrior's stiffening hand,
A nation's story;
"India To England" by Nizamat Jung
But thou art my desert:
And in this league, which now my foes invade,
Thou art not onely to perform thy part,
But also mine; as when the league was made,
Thou didst at once thyself indite,
And hold my hand, while I did write.
"Assurance" by George Herbert