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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Gracie’s inflammatory remarks come amid escalating bickering between the French and Brazilian governments following Macron’s condemnation of Brazil’s handling of the wildfires ravaging the Amazon rainforest. Fox News, "Brazil's tourism ambassador threatens to 'choke' Macron, says he is 'sleeping with a dragon'," 3 Sep. 2019 The prosecutor handling Carlos’ case informed Peña that his complaint would go to the back of the line while the Department of Justice worked on emergency cases, such as land condemnations to build the wall. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants," 13 Aug. 2019 Some Democrats find Green's timing peculiar, not only coming a day after the condemnation vote but ahead of a high-stakes hearing. Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats divided as House votes to kill resolution on Trump impeachment," 17 July 2019 Images of hunters celebrating their trophies often draw widespread support and widespread condemnation - something Tess Talley knows first hand. CBS News, "American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe has "no regrets"," 7 June 2019 The panel’s suggestion to overhaul the strict liability doctrine, known as inverse condemnation, has already faced strong pushback. Dustin Gardiner,, "California wildfire panel doubles down on push to change liability rules for PG&E," 7 June 2019 The verbal condemnation was swift but there was little other real effect on Pyongyang. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Great Successor’ paints a macabre portrait of Kim Jong Un," 24 Aug. 2019 The condemnations come amid an outcry over a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which authorities believe the gunman posted a racist screed online shortly before the attack. Washington Post, "Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism," 15 Aug. 2019 Additionally, over 60 percent of the right-of-way has been acquired for the project without lengthy condemnation proceedings. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Kinder Morgan ordered to pay another $2.7 million in Hill Country pipeline dispute," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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