a. A set of written criminal charges issued against a party, where a grand jury, under the guidance of a prosecutor, has found that sufficient evidence exists to justify trying the party for that crime.
b. The act or process of obtaining such charges.
2. A document or other communication that makes accusations of wrongdoing or describes an unacceptable situation: "[the book, an] exhaustively researched indictment of the fast-food industry" (Suzanne Schlosberg).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.