Definition of indictment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdaɪtmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdaɪtmənt//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] indictment (of/on somebody/something) a sign that a system, society, etc. is very bad or very wrong The poverty in our cities is a damning indictment of modern society. This research is a terrible indictment on the medical profession.
  2. 2[countable] (especially North American English) a written statement accusing somebody of a crime
  3. 3[uncountable] (especially North American English) the act of officially accusing somebody of a crime This led to his indictment on allegations of conspiracy.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English enditement, inditement, from Anglo-Norman French enditement, from enditer, based on Latin indicere ‘proclaim, appoint’, from in- ‘towards’ + dicere ‘pronounce, utter’.Extra examples He faces indictment for perjury. Her speech was a scathing indictment of the government’s record on crime. She was convicted on an indictment for conspiracy. The federal district court dismissed the indictment. The government announced a federal indictment against him. They issued an indictment against them. This is a rather too sweeping indictment of the field of evolutionary psychology. Two men were named in the indictment. War crimes indictments were handed down by a UN-backed court. a trial on indictment an indictment charging theft There is sufficient evidence against him to support an indictment for murder.
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