Simple Definition of condemn
: to say in a strong and definite way that someone or something is bad or wrong
: to give (someone) a usually severe punishment
: to cause (someone) to suffer or live in difficult or unpleasant conditions
Full Definition of condemn
1 : to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation <a policy widely condemned as racist>
3 : to adjudge unfit for use or consumption <condemn an old apartment building>
4 : to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain
condemnableplay \-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnatoryplay \-ˈdem-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnerplay \-ˈde-mər\ or
condemnor\kən-ˈde-mər; kən-ˌdem-ˈnȯr, ˌkän-\ noun
Examples of condemn in a sentence
We strongly condemn this attack against our allies.
The government condemns all acts of terrorism.
The country condemns the use of violence on prisoners.
The school condemns cheating, and any student caught cheating will be expelled.
City officials condemned our apartment building and forced us to leave.
Origin and Etymology of condemn
Middle English, from Anglo-French condempner, from Latin condemnare, from com- + damnare to condemn — more at damn
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of condemn
CONDEMN Defined for Kids
Definition of condemn for Students
1 : to cause to suffer or live in difficult or unpleasant conditions <She was condemned to spend her summer in a cast.>
2 : to sentence to a usually severe punishment <The criminals were condemned and punished.>
3 : to declare to be wrong <School policy condemns cheating.>
4 : to declare to be unfit for use <condemn a house>
Legal Definition of condemn
1 : to impose a penalty on; especially : to sentence to death
2 : to adjudge unfit for use or consumption
3 : to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain : take
condemnable\kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ play adjective
condemnation\ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
condemnor\kən-ˈde-mər, -ˈdem-ˌnȯr\ noun
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