verb con·demn \kən-ˈdem\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation <a policy widely condemned as racist>
a :  to pronounce guilty :  convict
b :  sentence, doom <condemn a prisoner to die>
:  to adjudge unfit for use or consumption <condemn an old apartment building>
:  to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain
con·dem·nable \-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
con·dem·na·to·ry \-ˈdem-nə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
con·demn·er \-ˈde-mər\ or con·dem·nor \kən-ˈde-mər; kən-ˌdem-ˈnr, ˌkän-\ noun

Examples of CONDEMN

  1. We strongly condemn this attack against our allies.
  2. The government condemns all acts of terrorism.
  3. The country condemns the use of violence on prisoners.
  4. The school condemns cheating, and any student caught cheating will be expelled.
  5. 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


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