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
Examples of condemn
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 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
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