• WordNet 3.6
    • n indictment a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
    • n indictment an accusation of wrongdoing "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indictment An accusation in general; a formal accusation.
    • Indictment The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
    • Indictment (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indictment The act of indicting; accusation; formal charge or statement of grievances; formal complaint before a tribunal.
    • n indictment 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. It is generally drafted by the public prosecutor, and is termed a bill until it has received the sanction of the grand jury, which must be by the concurrence of at least twelve of the jurors, attested by oath or affirmation.
    • n indictment In Scots law, a form or process by which a criminal is brought to trial at the instance of the lord advocate. It runs in the name of the lord advocate, and, addressing the panel by name, charges the latter with being guilty of the crime for which he is to be brought to trial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Indictment formal accusation: the written accusation against one who is to be tried by jury:
    • Indictment (Scots law) the form under which a criminal is put to trial at the instance of the Lord Advocate
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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
Cf. Inditement
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. indictāre, freq. of indicĕre, indictum, to declare—in, in, dicĕre, to say.


In literature:

He was indicted for high treason, and brought to the bar of the Old Bailey.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This secrecy was the first requisite in support of the indictment.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
This secrecy was the first requisite in support of the indictment.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Our Indictment covered twenty-eight large folios, and contained sixteen Counts.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
The Question is not whether I am guilty of this Indictment, but whether this Indictment be legal.
"The Tryal of William Penn and William Mead" by Various
If persisted in, my client will indict the witness for perjury.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
We must draw up an indictment and have witnesses to it!
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
In other words you could demur to the indictment for insufficiency?
"Tutt and Mr. Tutt" by Arthur Train
She had laid herself open to an indictment for perjury, and in making inquiry on that head something further might probably be learned.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
The indictment slept in O'Brien's tin file.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train

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:

The sealed indictment was issued on a referral case, according to Assistant District Attorney Paige Williams, who made the presentation to the grand jury.
The indictment also says Bresky was the business' main contact for California businessman Furst.
A former Augusta businesswoman has been indicted on federal charges of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with a "foreclosure rescue" business she ran.
Arline Lawless, 25, was indicted last week for intentional or knowing murder in the death of Norman Benner, 34, of Waldoboro.
Three Cadiz residents indicted in sex-crimes case involving children, dog.
Joy Jo Headley, 34, of HC 60, Box 44, New Martinsville, received two indictments from the September grand jury.
Daniel Juarez is indicted for failing to disclose that he got $2,000 from a local gym owner.
Former Catawba College soccer coach indicted.
An El Paso County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a female teacher at a now-shuttered Christian school in Colorado Springs on charges of luring a sophomore boy into a sexual relationship.
Suspect indicted in 1979 death of NYC boy.
Travis Dodd, 34, was indicted Thursday in federal court on a charge that could land him in jail for up to three years.
Virginia Charter Fishing Boat Captains Indicted for Lacey Act Violations and Other Crimes.
A Pontiac city councilman has been indicted on charges he pocketed $40,000 in bribes to help a - 2:04 pm.
The indictment charges Tracy Dwayne Whittle, 40, with making a fraudulent representation to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an application for disaster benefits.
Whittle falsely claimed that he rented a house in Hartselle that had been damaged by the storm, the indictment alleges.

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