con·​demn | \kən-ˈdem \
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 , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemnatory \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemner \ kən-​ˈde-​mər \ or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər ; kən-​ˌdem-​ˈnȯr, ˌkän-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for condemn


blame, censure, criticize, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]


extol (also extoll), laud, praise

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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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Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, condemned the attack. Farai Mutsaka, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe officials say 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast," 25 June 2018 Following the news that Tran had removed or hidden her Instagram posts, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson condemned the harassment on Twitter. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "'Star Wars' Actress Kelly Marie Tran Deletes or Hides Instagram Posts," 6 June 2018 Soon after Colyer’s segment, Kobach, who is running against Colyer in the the August Republican primary, issued a statement condemning Colyer for accepting the display of the flag in an indoor exhibit as a solution. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "KU flag removal ‘smacks of censorship’: ACLU, free speech advocates defend art piece," 12 July 2018 The statement condemning Trump's nominee, who would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, was released at 9:46 p.m. EDT, according to screenshots shared on social media. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Women's March slammed for goof in statement on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 Barcelona have strongly denied the accusations and now Abidal has also issued a statement condemning these reports., "Eric Abidal Issues Statement on 'Black Market Liver' Claims as Bizarre Saga Rumbles On," 4 July 2018 The government, as well as the military police, the Brazilian Bar Association, and scores of television and music stars have released statements condemning the videos that went viral after the men shared them with friends back home. Luciana Magalhaes And Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "Bad Behavior by South American World Cup Fans Draws Cries of Foul," 26 June 2018 The United States and Britain were among countries that condemned the explosion. Farai Mutsaka, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe officials say 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast," 25 June 2018 The move to ban such products — the first by a country in the European Union — has been strongly condemned in Israel and is opposed by the ruling party in Ireland. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Ireland goes ahead with legislation to boycott products made in Israeli settlements," 12 July 2018

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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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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


con·​demn | \kən-ˈdem \
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


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

Other Words from condemn

condemnable \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​bəl, -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemnation \ ˌkän-​ˌdem-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun
condemner or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər, -​ˈdem-​ˌnȯr \ noun

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