1. an act of indicting.
  2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
  3. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
  4. the state of being indicted.

noun criminal law

  1. a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
  2. any formal accusation of crime
  3. Scot a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
  4. the act of indicting or the state of being indicted

c.1300, endytement “action of accusing,” from Anglo-French enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning “legal document containing a charge” is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.

A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.

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