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.

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The handling of the case, which accused Smollett of falsely reporting to police that he was assaulted by two men in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29, has drawn widespread condemnation. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Beyonce, ‘Black Panther’ win at 50th NAACP Image Awards," 1 Apr. 2019 China first tested its SC-19 anti-satellite weapon in 2005, and a 2007 test against an actual satellite generated 3,280 pieces of space debris, drawing worldwide condemnation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "India Smashes Satellite in a Surprise Test of a New Space Weapon System," 28 Mar. 2019 The tweet from the Cardinals account drew swift condemnation by dozens of followers, who said the team should keep politics out of football. Chris Cole, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill vouches for SCOTUS pick, drawing backlash from some fans," 9 July 2018 The statement drew condemnations from even his most extreme allies, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, who led a tiki torch march on the University of Virginia the night before Kessler’s rally. Jaweed Kaleem,, "'White civil rights' rally marking Charlottesville anniversary set to be held in D.C.," 21 June 2018 Journalist Yaser Murtaja was also shot dead earlier this month in the protests while wearing his press vest, in an event that drew international condemnation. Abeer Salman, Andrew Carey And Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Palestinian journalist shot during Gaza protests dies of wounds," 26 Apr. 2018 Eight of those killed were ethnic Turks, shaking the 3 million-strong Turkish community in Germany and prompting angry condemnation from Ankara. Washington Post, "Neo-Nazi trial puts spotlight on fate of migrants in Germany," 11 July 2018 But Trump’s latest threat prompted swift condemnation from retail, technology, and manufacturing companies, who said the administration’s approach could wind up hurting American consumers and companies more than the White House realizes. Ana Swanson,, "In trade war, White House says Beijing has more to lose," 19 June 2018 Its weapons advancement prompted international condemnation and economic sanctions last year. Matt Stiles,, "South Korea's President Moon heads for Washington to help keep Kim and Trump summit alive," 21 May 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 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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a strong desire or propensity

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