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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There is a growing international condemnation of Ortega's heavy-handed tactics to break the protests. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Israel faced international condemnation last month after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians in bloody clashes at the Gaza border as the US officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem just 50 miles away. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Netanyahu confronted over Gaza deaths by prominent UK politician," 7 June 2018 Many more residents in Ukraine and Poland held peaceful rallies in support of the law and condemnation of the attack. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Russia threatens war with Ukraine — again," 29 Nov. 2018 Activists on both sides wasted no time on Monday night issuing their predictable full-throated endorsements or scathing condemnations within minutes of Mr. Trump’s televised announcement. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018 Similar condemnations would attend assessments of her work and person for generations to come. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 Bote was the fifth Philippine mayor killed during Duterte’s war on the drug trade, which has led to the deaths of thousands of people and drawn condemnation from rights groups. Felipe Villamor,, "A second Philippine mayor is killed in two days," 3 July 2018 The shooting is the latest to draw wide condemnation after being captured by video in what has become a grim part of the modern news cycle. Eli Rosenberg,, "Police in East Pittsburgh fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop," 20 June 2018 That reflected the White House’s desperation to quash one of its worst crises to date — one that drew condemnation from Democrats as well as some Republicans, all four living former first ladies and conservative and liberal religious leaders. Eli Stokols,, "Trump orders end to his family separation policy at the border, but relief could be temporary," 20 June 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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