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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indiction  \In*dic"tion\,  n.  [L.  indictio:  cf  F.  indiction.  See 
  {Indict},  {Indite}.] 
  1.  Declaration;  proclamation;  public  notice  or  appointment. 
  [Obs.]  ``Indiction  of  a  war.''  --Bacon. 
 
  Secular  princes  did  use  to  indict,  or  permit  the 
  indiction  of  synods  of  bishops.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  A  cycle  of  fifteen  years. 
 
  Note:  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indiction 
  n  :  a  15-year  cycle  used  as  a  chronological  unit  in  ancient  Rome 
  and  adopted  in  some  medieval  kingdoms 




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