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.

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 The prosecution of Hossam Bahgat has drawn international condemnation, including by the U.S. State Department. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 So much of our social and political climate is built on — and animated by — its opposite: condemnation. Adam M. Carrington, National Review, 25 Nov. 2021 The rioters, like Rittenhouse, also did the thing, and Trump’s bare-minimum, wink-and-nod condemnation of the violence was akin to stamping it with his seal of approval. Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2021 Showing far more backbone than the IOC, the leader of the WTA sent out a strong condemnation of China's actions — no small gesture considering the group's attempts to build a greater presence in that lucrative market. Paul Newberry, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Were these appeals his spontaneous, heartfelt condemnation of economies that are returning to business as usual in wealthy nations, or a more specific message pointed toward the conferees in Glasgow? Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 The Metropolitan Police’s heavy-handed approach to the vigils, including a number of arrests, drew widespread condemnation, including from a group of politicians. Robert Hart, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The Trump administration’s move drew the condemnation of Native American groups and some corporations, like outdoor outfitter Patagonia. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Within hours, social media was aflame with fury, condemnation, threats. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021

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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 2022

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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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