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Definition: to charge someone with a crime or offense

Synonyms: accuse, blame, charge, prosecute, inculpate, arraign

Antonyms: acquit, dismiss, absolve, exonerate

Tips: Indict is derived from the Latin indicere, which means "to proclaim." To indict someone means "to proclaim that person has committed something wrong." A person is indicted by a grand jury who decides whether the person should stand trial for the crime in question. This is called an indictment. Indict and indictment can be used in legal terminology or to describe accusing someone of inappropriate behavior: "That was an indictment of his character."

Usage Examples:

The executive and his wife were indicted yesterday, for tax evasion. (accused, charged)

The grand jury handed down an indictment, which listed a variety of charges against the man. (charge) noun

He has been indicted on a crime he claims he did not commit, but the jury in his trial will have the final say. (charged)

The low test scores were a damning indictment of the school's failed teaching policies. (charge, accusation, denunciation)

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