indite

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French and Anglo-Norman enditer, from Latin in- +‎ dictare (to declare).

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Verb[edit]

indite (third-person singular simple present indites, present participle inditing, simple past and past participle indited)

  1. (transitive) To physically make letters and words on a writing surface; to inscribe
  2. (transitive) To write, especially a literary or artistic work; to compose
    • 1844, E. A. Poe, Marginalia
      It is certain that the mere act of inditing tends, in a great degree, to the logicalisation of thought. Whenever, on account of its vagueness, I am dissatisfied with a conception of the brain, I resort forthwith to the pen, for the purpose of obtaining, through its aid, the necessary form, consequence, and precision.
  3. To dictate; to prompt.
    • Bible, Psalms xlv. 1
      My heart is inditing a good matter.
    • South
      Could a common grief have indited such expressions?
  4. (obsolete) To invite or ask.
    • Shakespeare
      She will indite him to supper.
  5. (obsolete) To indict; to accuse; to censure.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

indite (uncountable)

  1. (mineralogy) An extremely rare indium-iron sulfide mineral.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

indite

  1. second-person plural present indicative of indire
  2. second-person plural imperative of indire

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

indite

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of indō