con·​dem·​na·​tion | \ ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce condemnation (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web The violence, captured on video, drew widespread condemnation and raised a raft of questions. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "DeSoto police brutality case ends in secrecy. Civil rights leaders blast Dallas DA for lack of charges," 19 July 2019 Netanyahu’s last-minute promise also sparked Arab condemnation. Fox News, "Netanyahu says if reelected he'll annex parts of Hebron in The West Bank in controversial move: reports," 17 Sep. 2019 News of the decision quickly flung the village near Frankfurt into the national spotlight, drawing.widespread outrage and condemnation from regional and national branches of the parties whose local representatives had supported the candidate. Washington Post, "A German village elected a neo-Nazi as mayor for his email skills. Now they want a reversal.," 11 Sep. 2019 Yet while Trump deserves condemnation for arguably enabling fringe elements of the Right, that link, often advanced by his critics, is not at all clear. Robert Cherry, National Review, "The Hate-Crime Spike in New York City Has Nothing to Do with White Supremacy," 9 Sep. 2019 Any threats of violence & suppression against peaceful demonstrations demand a strong condemnation from the U.S. and the global community.— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) August 14, 2019 5. Iain Marlow, Fortune, "How Trump Could Quickly Raise the Stakes in Hong Kong," 17 Aug. 2019 The news that Chinese scientist He Jiankui had edited the genomes of twin baby girls who were born last fall was greeted with outrage and widespread condemnation by the scientific community. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Scientists Seek Better Guidelines for Editing Genes in Human Embryos," 15 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile in Poland, the country’s first openly gay mayor, Robert Biedron, faced right-wing condemnations for actively promoting the book in 2009, as the country’s LGBT community was becoming more vocal. Rick Noack, The Denver Post, "Gay penguins at Berlin Zoo are latest couple to adopt abandoned egg," 14 Aug. 2019 After a wave of bipartisan condemnation and scathing cable news coverage, Trump issued a cleanup statement at the White House days later denouncing white supremacy., "Trump says ‘our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy’ after weekend mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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

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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 How to pronounce condemnation (audio) , -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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