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A written accusation submitted to the court by a grand jury, after hearing the prosecution’s evidence, charging a person with committing a crime.


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
indictment (noun)
a) the action or the legal process of - indicting
b) the state of being - indicted
a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense
an expression of strong disapproval - an indictment of government policy on immigrants
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
indictment (noun)
a formal claim of criminal wrongdoing against a person
complaint, count, indictment, rap
accusation, allegation, plea; crimination; counteraccusation, countercharge; arraignment, impeachment; implication, imputation, innuendo, insinuation; censure, condemnation, denunciation; incrimination, recrimination
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