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 In some cases, the DOJ bungled hundreds of condemnation cases, taking property without knowing the identity of the owners and condemning land without researching facts as basic as property lines. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On," 25 Dec. 2020 Months later, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist and prominent Saudi critic, prompted widespread international condemnation. Mark Bergen, Chron, "Google brings its cloud business to Saudi Arabia via Aramco," 25 Dec. 2020 Cruise’s outburst drew both support from those tired of antimaskers and condemnation from local union representatives who saw it as bullying. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "Tom Cruise rant over COVID-19 safety is latest challenge to U.K.'s filming restart," 24 Dec. 2020 Since Scott did not appeal the ruling, the statute of limitations for the condemnation case has long since expired. Hallie Miller,, "Six years in, an unusual Baltimore housing dispute has no end in sight," 24 Dec. 2020 After facing widespread condemnation for their contributions to the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. credit-rating agencies have largely avoided scrutiny during the coronavirus recession. Marc Joffe, National Review, "Echoes of the Great Recession in Commercial Real Estate," 22 Dec. 2020 The vote has drawn national attention and condemnation. NBC News, "After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn't racist," 22 Dec. 2020 Months later, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist and prominent Saudi critic, prompted widespread international condemnation. Mark Bergen, Fortune, "Google’s Aramco deal risks irking staff over oil, Saudi politics," 21 Dec. 2020 Because traditional cyber espionage is typically considered fair intelligence activity by most countries—even, sometimes, among allies—retaliation or public condemnation isn’t usually an option that is considered. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "Computer Hack Blamed on Russia Tests Limits of U.S. Response," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Condemnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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