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

Synonyms & Antonyms for condemn

Synonyms

anathematize, censure, damn, decry, denounce, execrate, reprehend, reprobate

Antonyms

bless

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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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His statement provoked outrage and was widely condemned, and according to Ward’s account, Trump’s then-chief economic advisor Gary Cohn was ready to resign on principle. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Does Ivanka Trump Really Want to Be President Someday?," 19 Mar. 2019 The 57-year-old actor, a guest at last year’s royal wedding alongside wife Amal, has condemned the way that Meghan has been treated by the media since first becoming a member of the royal family. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "George Clooney Compared Meghan Markle's Media Scrutiny to That of Princess Diana," 12 Feb. 2019 No leading Republican, from Trump on down, has condemned the attempts by candidates like Kemp to push this even further — and that sends a clear message as to its permissibility. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Britain condemned that attack and expelled 23 Russian diplomats. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "After latest nerve agent poisoning, Britain demands that Russia explain ‘what has gone on’," 5 July 2018 Canada’s Parliament unanimously condemned Trump’s criticisms of Trudeau and backed the government’s hardening stance over the NAFTA negotiations. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 During a public comment session before the council meeting Monday, backers fiercely condemned the move and questioned the fairness of the decision. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Supporters Call For Ousted Hartford Councilwoman To Be Reappointed," 12 June 2018 The House also unanimously approved a second GOP amendment that condemns anti-Semitism, which came in the wake of tweets widely viewed as anti-Semitic from Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "House Votes to Withdraw U.S. From War in Yemen," 13 Feb. 2019 Russian crews later boarded and seized those Ukrainian ships, which Ukraine and many Western leaders have condemned as a blatant act of Russian aggression. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump cancels Putin meeting over Ukraine," 29 Nov. 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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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 condemnable (audio) \ adjective
condemnation \ ˌkän-​ˌdem-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce condemnation (audio) \ noun
condemner or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər, -​ˈdem-​ˌnȯr \ noun

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