Related topics: Law
to be a very clear sign that a system, method etc is very bad or very wrong:
The fact that these children cannot read is a damning indictment of our education system.
2 [countable] law especially American EnglishSCL
an official written statement charging someone with a criminal offence
3 [uncountable] law especially American EnglishSCL
the act of officially charging someone with a criminal offence