c. 1300, from Anglo-French enditer "accuse, indict" (late 13c.), Old French enditer "to dictate or inform," from Late Latin *indictare "to declare, proclaim in writing," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + dictare "to say, compose in words" (see dictate). Retained its French pronunciation even after the spelling was re-Latinized c. 1600. In classical Latin, indictus meant "not said, unsaid." Related: Indictable; indicted; indicting.
1. The grand jury indicts or refuses to indict accused persons.
2. You can't indict whole people for the crudeness of a few.
3. Prosecutors said they wouldn't indict Mr. Hatoyama due to insufficient evidence.
4. I can indict you for abducting high school student.
5. In simple civil cases, the plaintiff may indict verbally.