1. [syn: indictment, bill of indictment]
2. an accusation of wrongdoing;
- Example: "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Indictment \In*dict"ment\, n. [Cf. Inditement.]
1. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
2. (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the
prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand
Note: To the validity of an indictment a finding by the grand
jury is essential, while an information rests only on
presentation by the prosecuting authority.
3. An accusation in general; a formal accusation.
Bill of indictment. See under Bill.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
49 Moby Thesaurus words for "indictment":
accusal, accusation, accusing, allegation, allegement, anathema,
arraignment, bail, bill of particulars, blame, bringing of charges,
bringing to book, castigation, censure, charge, complaint,
condemnation, count, damnation, decrial, delation, denouncement,
denunciation, excoriation, flaying, fulmination, fustigation,
impeachment, implication, imputation, information, innuendo,
insinuation, lawsuit, laying of charges, pillorying, plaint,
presentment, prosecution, reprehension, reproach, reprobation,
skinning alive, stricture, suit, taxing, true bill,
unspoken accusation, veiled accusation