Definition of Indiction

1. Noun. A 15-year cycle used as a chronological unit in ancient Rome and adopted in some medieval kingdoms.

Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period

Definition of Indiction

1. n. Declaration; proclamation; public notice or appointment.

Definition of Indiction

1. Noun. (historical) A fiscal period of fifteen years, instituted by Constantine in 313 (C.E.) (but counting from 1st September 312), used throughout the Middle Ages as a way of dating events, documents etc. ¹

2. Noun. A declaration or official announcement. ¹

3. Noun. (historical) The decree made by Roman Emperors which fixed the property tax for the next fifteen years. ¹

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Definition of Indiction

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Medical Definition of Indiction

1. 1. Declaration; proclamation; public notice or appointment. "Indiction of a war." "Secular princes did use to indict, or permit the indiction of, synods of bishops." (Jer. Taylor) 2. A cycle of fifteen years. This mode of reckoning time is said to have been introduced by Constantine the Great, in connection with the payment of tribute. It was adopted at various times by the Greek emperors of Constantinople, the popes, and the parliaments of France. Through the influence of the popes, it was extensively used in the ecclesiastical chronology of the Middle Ages. The number of indictions was reckoned at first from 312 a. D, but since the twelfth century it has been reckoned from the birth of Christ. The papal indiction is the only one ever used at the present day. To find the indiction and year of the indiction by the first method, subtract 312 from the given year a. D, and divide by 15; by the second method, add 3 to the given year a. D, and the divide by 15. In either case, the quotient is the number of the current indiction, and the remainder the year of the indiction. See Cycle of indiction, under Cycle. Origin: L. Indictio: cf. F. Indiction. See Indict, Indite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Indiction

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"And, by a very easy connexion of ideas, the word indiction was transferred ... Accordingly, if we wish to determine the indiction corresponding to any year, ..."

2. A New and Complete System of Arithmetick: Composed for the Use of the by Nicolas Pike, Chester Dewey (1822)
"Required the year of indiction for 1786 ?• To 1786 Add 3 15)1789(119 28 16 ... To f tod the Cycle of the Sun, Golden Number, and indiction, for any RULE. ..."

3. The Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages by Horace Kinder Mann, Johannes Hollnsteiner (1902)
"2 This letter, dated the first indiction, is to be found in the second ... An indiction is a cycle of fifteen years, in which the years are spoken of as the ..."

4. Historical Essays in Connexion with the Land, the Church, &c. by Eben William Robertson (1872)
"Several important donations to the See of Winchester, which were made by Egbert in August, " in the third indiction," were confirmed ..."

5. The Student's Gibbon: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, William Smith (1868)
"Their miserable condition arose from the impression of the govern- * The mauner in which -the indiction was used as a chronological era in the time of ..."

6. Medii ævi Kalendarium: Or Dates, Charters and Customs of the Middle Ages by Robert Thomas Hampson (1841)
"In these first times, it is not easy to fix the years for the indiction, ... Some place the first indiction in 312—the greater number in 313 ; others in 314 ..."

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