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 \kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnatoryplay \kən-ˈdem-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnerplay \kən-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.
Recent Examples of condemn from the Web
JERUSALEM The Latest on the fallout from a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements (all times local):
But some lawmakers in Brasília in recent weeks have proposed legislation aimed at hindering the probe and protecting themselves, according to prosecutors, who have condemned those efforts publicly.
Deterrents should be used as ways to mold the future as well as ways to condemn the current behavior.
He was condemned to death by ley de fuga, a cruel ritual that compelled him to run toward the border while being targeted by a firing squad.
The Supreme Sangha Council, the assembly of Buddhist monks that oversees Thai Buddhism, hasn’t weighed in yet, but at least one senior monk has condemned the craze as anti-Buddhist.
A few noteworthy eateries made this week's list, including Pour Society (947 Gessner Rd.), which had to condemn approximately 1500 lbs. of ice that was contaminated by slime.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks, saying the country should not—and would not—live in fear.
Ito and the warrant officer had condemned sixty-seven of the company's eightyfive M16's.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of condemn for English Language Learners
: 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 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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