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 In a video announcing her candidacy, Finkenauer focused on her family's blue-collar background and the January 6 attack at the Capitol and said Grassley has not done enough to condemn the attack. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 22 July 2021 Critics have taken to Twitter to condemn McCarthy’s decision and implore Pelosi to exclude Jordan from the select committee. Jaclyn Peiser, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2021 In talking about the overall project, the city said MOCA would be getting $35 million toward its capital needs, which critics of the jail plan have used to condemn the museum. NBC News, 19 July 2021 Japan and the European Union will also join the announcement, as will NATO, which is the first time the defense bloc will publicly condemn China's cyber activities. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 19 July 2021 By imposing sanctions on Russia and organizing allies to condemn China, the Biden administration has delved deeper into a digital Cold War with its two main geopolitical adversaries than at any time in modern history. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Stout and Reed were among the residents who held a rally Thursday night to condemn Vision & Beyond’s practices. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 18 July 2021 Thursday afternoon, Los Angeles public officials and interfaith leaders met outside City Hall to condemn recent attacks against Jewish residents that coincided with the attacks in Israel and Gaza. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 The Inter-Asian Council of students spent a year calling on university officials to condemn attacks on Asian Americans over the COVID-19 disease. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 17 Mar. 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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