American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and incorporated in some medieval systems.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A declaration; proclamation.
- n. A fiscal period of fifteen years, established by Constantine the Great after the reorganization of the Roman Empire, being the term during which the annual tax on real property was paid on the basis of a valuation made and proclaimed at the beginning of each quindecennial period. This became a common and convenient means for dating ordinary transactions.
- n. Hence In chronology, a year bearing a number, or the number attached to the year, showing its place in a cycle of fifteen years, counting from a. d. 313. To find the indiction, add 3 to the number of the year in the vulgar era, and divide by 15; the remainder is the indiction, or, if there is no remainder, the indiction is 15. There were three varieties, differing only in the commencement of the year: the original Greek or Constantinopolitan, reckoned from September 1st of what we consider the previous year; the Roman or Pontifical (a bad designation, since it was not used preferentially in the bulls of the popes), beginning with the civil year, January 1st, December 25th, or March 25th; and the Constantinian, Imperial, or Cævarean (due to a blunder of the Venerable Bede), beginning September 24th.
- n. historical A fiscal period of fifteen years, instituted by Constantine in 313 CE (but counting from 1st September 312), used throughout the Middle Ages as a way of dating events, documents etc.
- n. A declaration or official announcement.
- n. historical The decree made by Roman Emperors which fixed the property tax for the next fifteen years.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Declaration; proclamation; public notice or appointment.
- n. A cycle of fifteen years.
- n. a 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and adopted in some medieval kingdoms
- From Old French indiction or its source, Latin indictiōnem, accusative singular of indictiō, from indicere, present active infinitive of indicō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English indiccioun, from Late Latin indictiō, indictiōn-, proclamation, period of 15 years, from Latin indictus, past participle of indīcere, to proclaim : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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