con·​dem·​na·​tion ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce condemnation (audio)
: censure, blame
… the Quakers, in their uncompromising condemnation of war …William Ralph Inge
: the act of judicially condemning
: the state of being condemned
… in the hopeless hour of condemnationWashington Irving
: a reason for condemning
His conduct was sufficient condemnation.

Examples of condemnation in a Sentence

The plan has drawn condemnation from both sides. The government's statement was a condemnation of all acts of terrorism.
Recent Examples on the Web With mounting international condemnation over an Israeli military response that has left more than 36,000 Palestinians dead, critics say that the Biden administration hasn’t done enough to restrain Israel. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 14 June 2024 For months, as Israel has intensified its grip over Gaza despite mounting international condemnation, the impasse between Biden and Netanyahu has seemed only to worsen. Shalom Lipner, Foreign Affairs, 11 June 2024 Israel last month pressed ahead with its ground operation in central Rafah despite international condemnation for its escalation in the southern Gaza city where some 1.3 million Palestinians were taking shelter before Israel began its operation there. Michael Rios, CNN, 10 June 2024 Where his early releases were misogynistic enough to earn condemnation from President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, Luda — as many fans call him — is now a 46-year-old father of four. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for condemnation 

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Word History


see condemn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of condemnation was in the 14th century

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“Condemnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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