con·​dem·​na·​tion ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce condemnation (audio)
: censure, blame
… the Quakers, in their uncompromising condemnation of war …William Ralph Inge
: the act of judicially condemning
: the state of being condemned
… in the hopeless hour of condemnationWashington Irving
: a reason for condemning
His conduct was sufficient condemnation.

Example Sentences

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 city filed a condemnation petition Wednesday on behalf of the Texas General Land Office as its next step to acquire the Moses Rose’s Hideout sports bar to clear space for an Alamo museum and visitor center. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2023 The incident drew condemnation from some prominent Democratic lawmakers. Dan Rosenzweig-ziff, Washington Post, 6 May 2023 Gender has become such a radioactive issue that even asking such questions can be taboo, and trigger condemnation, professional cancellation, and threats of physical harm. William Falk, The Week, 1 May 2023 The research was polarizing, generating a flood of emails of both support and condemnation. Anahad O'connor, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2023 The overture to European leaders had been met with united condemnation of Russia’s war, and an insistence that any diplomatic deal would require Mr. Putin to pull out all his invasion forces – the kind of Russian defeat that Mr. Xi wants to avoid. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2023 To see condemnation in this series is to differ, slightly, from many readings of Swarm thus far. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2023 President Joe Biden slammed Tucker Carlson over the Fox News host's portrayal of the Jan. 6 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol amid growing bipartisan condemnation of coverage that downplayed the insurrection. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 Willa and Charles surrendered their property in 1927 and spent years fighting the condemnation in court before settling for a $14,500 sale price, or the equivalent of around $254,000 in today’s dollars. Clyde Mcgrady, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


see condemn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of condemnation was in the 14th century

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“Condemnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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