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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Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014 infuriated Ukraine and led to widespread international condemnation. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatian soccer finds itself involved in another two-faced controversy," 9 July 2018 The video prompted a social media outburst of condemnation for Ettel and compassion for the girl, who had been trying to raise money for a trip to Disneyland., "We should think deeply about the Alison Ettel viral video — and why it matters," 28 June 2018 Welder’s campaign called the link a mistake and donated the money raised from the email to the deputies’ families in the face of condemnation from the Fraternal Order of Police and his fellow Democrats. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Bernie Sanders wades into race against Yoder, endorses former delegate Welder," 25 June 2018 Rome prompted international condemnation this week by closing Italian ports to the Aquarius, a French ship that carried over 600 migrants rescued at sea. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Demand for Tighter Border Threatens to Undo German Government," 15 June 2018 This was the first punitive action taken by the administration as international condemnation of the government of President Daniel Ortega has grown. Tracy Wilkinson,, "For the first time under Trump, U.S. punishes Nicaraguan officials for violent demonstrations," 7 June 2018 Chemical attacks launched by Assad have repeatedly drawn international condemnation and ineffectual military responses from the United States. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Assad to Meet With Kim Jong-un in North Korea," 3 June 2018 Six years later, Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine, to international condemnation. NBC News, "One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation," 15 Apr. 2018 The pope spoke as Trump's policy continued to draw condemnation across U.S. society and around the world. Chico Harlan And William Branigin, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis criticizes Trump's family-separation policy, says 'populism is not the solution'," 20 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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