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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The candidate who sparks the most condemnation is Bolsonaro, who has a long history of making racist, sexist and homophobic comments. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Abstentions in Brazil election could hurt governability," 21 Aug. 2018 Israeli armed forces have killed at least 49 protestors — including several who were unarmed — and injured 2,300 since March in actions that have drawn condemnation from human-rights groups. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Dozens of Palestinians Shot Dead by Israeli Forces Amid Gaza Protest," 14 May 2018 World condemnation was swift: The U.N. General Assembly voted 104-18 to deplore the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims innocence in probe; wall myths," 7 Jan. 2019 The administration received widespread, bipartisan condemnation for not immediately rejecting the idea out of hand. Alex Ward, Vox, "The absurd 24 hours unleashed by one bad White House answer on Russia," 19 July 2018 Black gun ownership has risen in the Trump era, but the NRA still received widespread condemnation for remaining silent after the death of Philando Castile, a licensed black gun owner who died in a police shooting in Minnesota during 2016. Astead W. Herndon,, "Threatened by youth movement, NRA exploits racial divisions," 29 Mar. 2018 Russia has received global condemnation after Britain blamed Moscow for the recent nerve agent attack that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Jonathan Lemire And Vladimir Isachenkov, USA TODAY, "Slamming Putin call, McCain goes after Trump for 'congratulating dictators on winning sham elections'," 21 Mar. 2018 For years, Orban had been able to deflect much of the international condemnation thrown his way. Fox News, "EU lawmakers move against Hungary over rule of law," 12 Sep. 2018 Without the required support of four-fifths of the EU’s countries even to get to an earlier stage of condemnation, the procedure has reached an impasse. The Economist, "Poland’s government sacks a third of its Supreme Court," 5 July 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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