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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Guatemala also moved its Israel Embassy to Jerusalem just after the Trump administration did — providing a rare sign of support amid a wave of global condemnation. Washington Post, "How U.S. apathy helped kill a pioneering anticorruption campaign in Guatemala," 14 June 2019 The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and fellow Republicans such as Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, have joined a chorus of condemnation. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s proposed extradition law puts ties with America at risk," 14 June 2019 Boulder has given Xcel a June 26 deadline to respond, after which the city will file for condemnation should the utility not respond. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Boulder makes final $82 million offer to Xcel," 14 June 2019 Maryland and especially its biggest city, Baltimore, have long been aggressive in using powers of condemnation to assemble land for subsidized megaprojects. Walter Olson, WSJ, "Will Baltimore Make Off With the Races?," 24 Mar. 2019 Several stars have spoken out in condemnation of Trump’s policy, including new moms Khloé Kardashian and Eva Longoria. Alexia Fernandez,, "Kristen Bell Slams Donald Trump's Immigration Policy: 'Do Not Underestimate the Love of Family'," 13 July 2018 If his wife excels in her slavering devotion to the commander-in-chief, her spouse is just as ferocious in his condemnation of the president. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “This Is the End of My Presidency!”," 21 Apr. 2019 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

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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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