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.
Recent Examples on the Web Reports of the measure elicited widespread condemnation from immigrant advocates and human right groups, who accused the administration of exploiting the worldwide health crisis to continue its restrictive asylum agenda at the southern border. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump says he'll block asylum-seekers at U.S.-Mexico border over coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 The persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority has sparked global condemnation, and led to an International Court of Justice order last week for emergency steps to protect Rohingya from genocide. Khine Lin Kyaw,, "Myanmar Says Western Rights Pressure May Push It Closer to China," 19 Mar. 2020 But dairy farmers take issue with these environmental condemnations. New York Times, "The Milk Situation," 14 Mar. 2020 Williams’ confrontation with the official, unlike those of many male tennis stars over the years, earned her widespread condemnation. oregonlive, "Serena Williams fans believe Taylor Swift has the tennis star’s back in defiant new video for ‘The Man’," 28 Feb. 2020 But the law has prompted vocal protests and legal challenges, as well as condemnation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Dan Bilefsky,, "A Quebec ban on religious symbols upends lives and careers," 7 Mar. 2020 Yet instead of critiquing the structural inequities that plague U.S. public education, leading progressive voices single out charters for condemnation. Conor P. Williams, WSJ, "The Misguided Progressive Attack on Charters," 4 Mar. 2020 His case has sparked fierce bipartisan condemnation in Congress -- even prompting Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Touring US troops to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo touts 'maximum pressure' on Iran amid heightened tensions," 20 Feb. 2020 Limbaugh's remarks were the latest tendentious turn in a career in which he's won an adoring audience among millions of conservative listeners, but condemnation from others for comments considered racist, sexist and offensive. CBS News, "Bipartisan senators disagree with Rush Limbaugh's remarks on Buttigieg's election prospects," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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“Condemnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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