• WordNet 3.6
    • n indiction a 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and adopted in some medieval kingdoms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indiction A cycle of fifteen years.
    • Indiction Declaration; proclamation; public notice or appointment. "Indiction of a war.""Secular princes did use to indict, or permit the indiction of, synods of bishops."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indiction A declaration; proclamation.
    • n indiction A fiscal period of fifteen years, established by Constantine the Great after the reorganization of the Roman Empire, being the term during which the annual tax on real property was paid on the basis of a valuation made and proclaimed at the beginning of each quindecennial period. This became a common and convenient means for dating ordinary transactions.
    • n indiction Hence In chronology, a year bearing a number, or the number attached to the year, showing its place in a cycle of fifteen years, counting from a. d. 313. To find the indiction, add 3 to the number of the year in the vulgar era, and divide by 15; the remainder is the indiction, or, if there is no remainder, the indiction is 15. There were three varieties, differing only in the commencement of the year: the original Greek or Constantinopolitan, reckoned from September 1st of what we consider the previous year; the Roman or Pontifical (a bad designation, since it was not used preferentially in the bulls of the popes), beginning with the civil year, January 1st, December 25th, or March 25th; and the Constantinian, Imperial, or Cævarean (due to a blunder of the Venerable Bede), beginning September 24th.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Indiction in-dik′shun a proclamation: a cycle of fifteen years, instituted by Constantine the Great for fiscal purposes, and adopted by the popes as part of their chronological system: a year bearing a number showing its place in a fifteen years' cycle, dating from 313 A.D.
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  • William Feather
    “One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indictio,: cf. F. indiction,. See Indict Indite


In literature:

Minors are answerable for crimes, and may be indicted and tried, and, on conviction, be fined and imprisoned.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Finally, John T. Stuart, subsequently Douglas's political rival, moved that all the indictments be quashed.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
But the coroner's jury had the power to bind me to the grand jury for an indictment, and that I wished to escape.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Indicted for perjury, he effected an escape in a marvellous manner.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
I indict Tom Mann before the bar of the world as not expressing the will and the spirit of the People.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
These indictments of the Allies were more terrible to him than the war itself.
"Germany, The Next Republic?" by Carl W. Ackerman
The trial was at last fixed to take place on April 27, and the indictments were served upon the accused six days before that date.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
Was never arrested before, and had received a copy of the indictment.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
An indictment against one of them is among the papers.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Upon the usage below there was no doubt; the indictment would unquestionably have been quashed.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

My breast I am smiting,
My own sins indicting.
How then canst Thou draw me
To strife and thus awe me,
And bring Me to judgment?
"Judgment" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
But Captain Jack rose
And he sez, "It's too thin!
Such statements as those
It's too late to begin.
There's a MODOC INDICTMENT agin you, O Paleface, and you're goin' in!
"Truthful James To The Editor" by Francis Bret Harte
The Jury had each formed a different view
(Long before the indictment was read),
And they all spoke at once, so that none of them knew
One word that the others had said.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
How runs the old indictment? Dear and slow,
So much and twice so much. We gird, but go.
For all the soul of our sad East is there,
Beneath the house-flag of the P. and O.
"The Exiles' Line" by Rudyard Kipling
The indictment had never been clearly expressed,
And it seemed that the Snark had begun,
And had spoken three hours, before any one guessed
What the pig was supposed to have done.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Tommy Clack , the Annapolis paver at the center of an ABC2 News investigation, has been indicted in Howard County.
A federal grand jury indicted three people for selling counterfeit Clementine Hunter paintings.
Anderson's testimony secret, but feds expand original indictment.
Spain's Garzón is indicted for judicial overreach.
As a card-carrying member of the Betrayed by John Edwards Alumni Association, I'll admit that my initial response to his federal indictment for violating campaign laws was skepticism.
Parents indicted in Goshen Twp.
Two men each are facing up to three life terms in prison after a grand jury indicted them in the deaths of a couple on the Navajo Nation.
Deneen Leonard Black, 32, was indicted on nine charges for his alleged involvement in break-ins.
SALEM — A Salem City man wth a long criminal record has been indicted in connection with the 2010 murder of a Sinnickson Street resident.
Five people in Southeast Alaska were indicted by a grand jury Friday, two of whom were charged with child sex abuse.
Authorities in El Paso announced the indictment of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, considered by many to be the most wanted man in the hemisphere .
James Rosemond was officially indicted for the murder of Lowell Fletcher, who was gunned down in the Bronx in September of 2009.
Last year, a grand jury in Pennsylvania indicted Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges.
Some El Paso Independent School District documents concerning a contract that led to the indictment of Superintendent Lorenzo García "are not truthful," a federal prosecutor said.
Llano jailers indicted in inmate death.

In science:

The indictated values of 0.4-0.6 mm/y correspond to the range 61-92 km/s-Mpc for H , of which a small part could still account for the tidal action, so that the anomaly cannot be easily ruled out even in this case.
The correct analysis and explanation of the Pioneer-Galileo anomalies
Sako et al. also indictated the existence of fluorescence lines from ion spec ies of lower Z than Fe.
The Ionized Stellar Wind in Vela X-1 During Eclipse
But isn’t the fact that the theory is non-renormalizable an indictment of this program? How could one quantize such a theory? To understand this we need to separate an intrinsic question (is the theory quantizable or not) from a procedural question (can we quantize it using perturbation theory).
Canonical quantization of general relativity: the last 18 years in a nutshell
Interestingly, we find that this is not the case, and note that such effects are also not indicted by the internal consistency checks of our working assumptions.
New Aspects of B -> pi pi, pi K and their Implications for Rare Decays
That physics has suppressed this effect for over 100 years is a ma jor indictment of physics.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves