con·dem·na·tion | \ ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən , -dəm- \

Definition of condemnation 

1 : censure, blame … the Quakers, in their uncompromising condemnation of war … —William Ralph Inge

2 : the act of judicially condemning

3 : the state of being condemned … in the hopeless hour of condemnation —Washington Irving

4 : a reason for condemning His conduct was sufficient condemnation.

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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.

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Captured on camera, the assault sparked widespread condemnation, including from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 Algeria's deadly expulsions of migrants into the Sahara Desert have nearly ground to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two top security officials. Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback," 13 July 2018 The gruesome video of the four African-American defendants attacking the white victim drew widespread condemnation, including from then-President Barack Obama. Megan Crepeau,, "Last of 4 defendants pleads guilty to beating teen with disability in livestreamed Facebook attack," 12 July 2018 But, the spokesperson says the investigation is not itself a condemnation. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Facebook Gave a Russian Internet Giant a Special Data Extension," 10 July 2018 As President Trump’s executive travel ban stranded people around the world and provoked condemnation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada took to social media to restate his country’s open-door policy. Said Ahmed-zaid, idahostatesman, "We should treat refugees with humanity and decency, as we are all the human race," 5 July 2018 The president's decision to separate children from their parents — and the pictures and audio of crying children that resulted from it — sparked worldwide condemnation this week, with even Pope Francis coming out against the measure. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Mayor Suarez visits Texas shelter where migrant children separated from parents are held," 21 June 2018 The detention facilities themselves have generated condemnation, showing kids sitting behind cage-like chain link fencing or lying on mattresses with silver thermal blankets. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 2,300 migrant kids already separated won’t immediately be reunited with parents," 21 June 2018 The Trump administration faces not only a near-universal condemnation from Democrats, but also pressure from a growing number of Republican lawmakers to pull back from the hard-line policy. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions: the Trump administration's architect of 'zero tolerance'," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of condemnation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condemnation

see condemn

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English Language Learners Definition of condemnation

: a statement or expression of very strong and definite criticism or disapproval


con·dem·na·tion | \ ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən , -dəm- \

Kids Definition of condemnation

1 : criticism sense 1, disapproval There was strong condemnation of the new regulation.

2 : the act of condemning or state of being condemned condemnation of the prisoner condemnation of the building

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