condemn

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verb con·demn \ kən-ˈdem \

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
2 a :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

condemnable

play \kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective

condemnatory

play \kən-ˈdem-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective

condemner

play \kən-ˈde-mər\ or condemnor play \kən-ˈde-mər; kən-ˌdem-ˈnȯr, ˌkän-\ noun

Examples of condemn in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of condemn from the Web

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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

Synonym Discussion of condemn

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


CONDEMN Defined for English Language Learners

condemn

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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

condemn

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verb con·demn \ kən-ˈdem \

Definition of condemn for Students

condemned; condemning
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

Law Dictionary

condemn

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transitive verb con·demn \ kən-ˈdem \

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

play \kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective

condemnation

play \ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən\ noun

condemner

or condemnor \kən-ˈde-mər, -ˈdem-ˌnȯr\ noun


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