condemn

verb
con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \
condemned; condemning; condemns

Definition of condemn

transitive verb

1 : to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation a policy widely condemned as racist
2a : to pronounce guilty : convict
b : sentence, doom condemn a prisoner to die
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

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Other Words from condemn

condemnable \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce condemn (audio) , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemnatory \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce condemn (audio) , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemner \ kən-​ˈde-​mər How to pronounce condemn (audio) \ or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər How to pronounce condemn (audio) ; kən-​ˌdem-​ˈnȯr , ˌkän-​ \ noun

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criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions. criticized the police for using violence reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking. reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding. a Senator formally censured by his peers reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction. reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment. condemned the government's racial policies denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration. a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, but to condemn him for that would be to miss the layers of meaning that complicate moral judgment. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2021 Annie protests, when colleagues and random Portlanders condemn her for giving a platform to the family’s objectionable views. oregonlive, 5 May 2021 During the course of the detainment, the body-cam footage shows Bottom pleading for medical attention while officers condemn her for speeding. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Democrats noted Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia Wins PAC had contributed $3,000 to Copeland’s campaign, and called on Youngkin to condemn the tweet. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2021 Speaking a day after holding a news conference to condemn vaccine mandates, DeSantis agreed that the shots save lives. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 As ministers and leaders of a proudly progressive religious institution, we are dismayed by how people of faith are warping scripture to condemn CRT. Time, 1 Sep. 2021 And yet many figures who participated in these two decades of failure have recently been trotted out to condemn Biden’s decision to leave, instead of being held publicly accountable. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 If the Trump administration had ignored a direct warning from the Supreme Court, Democrats would rightfully line up to condemn the president. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of condemn

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condemn

Middle English, from Anglo-French condempner, from Latin condemnare, from com- + damnare to condemn — more at damn

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condemn

verb

English Language Learners 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

condemn

verb
con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \
condemned; condemning

Kids Definition of condemn

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

condemn

transitive verb
con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \

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

Other Words from condemn

condemnable \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​bəl, -​ˈde-​mə-​ How to pronounce condemn (audio) \ adjective
condemnation \ ˌkän-​ˌdem-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce condemn (audio) \ noun
condemner or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər, -​ˈdem-​ˌnȯr \ noun

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