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indictment

noun
     
Related topics: Law
in‧dict‧ment
1

be an indictment of something

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

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