(a) ~ (against sb) written statement that indicts sb 起诉书; 诉状
*bring in an indictment against sb 控告某人.
(b) ~ of sb/sth (fig 比喻) reason for condemning sb/sth 谴责某人[某事物]的原因
*The rise in delinquency is an indictment of our society and its values. 为非作歹现象有增无已, 这是对我们的社会及其价值观的控诉.
2 [U] indicting or being indicted 控诉; 控告.
be an indictment of sth
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.
[C]law especially AmE an official written statement charging someone with a criminal offence
[U]law especially AmE the act of officially charging someone with a criminal offence