Indict vs indite

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Indict means to legally charge someone with a crime, indict may also be used figuratively to mean to accuse someone of a transgression. Related words are indicts, indicted, indicting, indictment, indictee, indicter. The c in indict is silent. Indict enters the English language in around 1300 as endict or enditen to mean accuse of a crime, from the Latin  word indictare which means to declare, accuse or proclaim in writing.

Indite means to compose, to write. Indite is an archaic word from the Old French word enditer which means to dictate, to write or draw up, to legally draft.


Grand jurors in Arapahoe County have declined to indict an Aurora police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, 37-year-old black man in March, prosecutors said Wednesday. (The Denver Post)

Viktor Chostak was in federal court Thursday, named with three others in a 25-count indictment tied to to the theft of at least $10 million from U.S. companies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. (The Charlotte Observer)

Yesterday, small groups of protesters gathered there and at the Cuyahoga County Justice Centre where the grand jury voted not to indict Loehmann. (The Scotsman)

A Mono County doctor has been indicted on 21 felony counts related to the alleged looting of Native American artifacts from tribal and public lands including Death Valley National Park. (The Los Angeles Times)

Solicitor General Tasha Mosley: Resident would likely need more evidence to indict Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Turner (The Clayton News-Daily)

“If you think I have committed a crime, then by all means indict me,” I said. (The New Haven Register)

“If that’s the case, that’s an indictment on both of them and the system.” (The Australian)

That’s an indictment of how poor their red-zone offense has been, as well as how few opportunities they’ve had. (The Fort Worth Star Telegram)

They built Indite ( a note taking web-app, in the form of a drafting board. (The Economic Times)