con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \
condemned; condemning; condemns

Definition of condemn

transitive verb

1 : to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation a policy widely condemned as racist
2a : to pronounce guilty : convict
b : sentence, doom condemn a prisoner to die
3 : to adjudge unfit for use or consumption condemn an old apartment building
4 : to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain

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Other Words from condemn

condemnable \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce condemnable (audio) , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemnatory \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce condemnatory (audio) , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemner \ kən-​ˈde-​mər How to pronounce condemner (audio) \ or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər How to pronounce condemnor (audio) ; kən-​ˌdem-​ˈnȯr , ˌkän-​ \ noun

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criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions. criticized the police for using violence reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking. reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding. a Senator formally censured by his peers reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction. reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment. condemned the government's racial policies denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration. a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

Examples of condemn in a Sentence

We strongly condemn this attack against our allies. The government condemns all acts of terrorism. The country condemns the use of violence on prisoners. The school condemns cheating, and any student caught cheating will be expelled. City officials condemned our apartment building and forced us to leave.
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Recent Examples on the Web My friend Michael Walsh recently penned a scathing article in The Epoch Times condemning the failure of American military leadership since Korea. Mackubin Thomas Owens, National Review, "In Defense of U.S. Generalship," 24 Mar. 2020 The announcement immediately caused confusion, has been criticized by politicians and public health officials alike, and condemned by the European Union., "What To Do If You Have Plans To Travel To Europe This Month," 12 Mar. 2020 Mayor Libby Schaaf, who had refused Sheriff Ahern’s request for backup from the city police but also opted not to appear alongside the mothers, as three city councilmembers had, condemned the show of force. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, "Moms 4 Housing: Redefining the Right to a Home in Oakland," 9 Mar. 2020 More:'Sickening': Bernie Sanders campaign condemns protester who unfurled swastika flag at Phoenix rally During his call to the fundraiser, Biden also disclosed a big fundraising haul for his campaign — $22 million in five days. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden refers to 'Bernie Bros' as 'Bernie brothers,' drawing Twitter's attention," 7 Mar. 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are unanimously condemning the Trump administration's handling of the outbreak. Libby Cathey, ABC News, "Super Tuesday results: Biden sweeps the South, Sanders strong in the West, anemic outcome for Bloomberg," 3 Mar. 2020 Dave Burrows, at the time a Fuyao executive, is next shown profanely and violently condemning the Ohio Democrat for the statement. Marty Schladen,, "Oscar-winning 'American Factory' leads to scrutiny of Chinese-owned Dayton-area factory," 27 Feb. 2020 That is a transparent slur against the Joint List’s leaders, who have condemned Palestinian terrorism. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Another Israeli Election—and Yet Another Plan to Defeat Benjamin Netanyahu," 27 Feb. 2020 Buttigieg's comment did come after Joe Biden had pointedly asked Bernie Sanders about condemning authoritarianism in Cuba and Nicaragua (which Sanders did), but at no point during the South Carolina debate were Greece or Indonesia mentioned. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Pete Buttigieg Is Worried About the "Revolutionary Politics of the 1960s," but We Need Them Now More Than Ever," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of condemn

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condemn

Middle English, from Anglo-French condempner, from Latin condemnare, from com- + damnare to condemn — more at damn

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The first known use of condemn was in the 14th century

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“Condemn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of condemn

: to say in a strong and definite way that someone or something is bad or wrong
: to give (someone) a usually severe punishment
: to cause (someone) to suffer or live in difficult or unpleasant conditions


con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \
condemned; condemning

Kids Definition of condemn

1 : to cause to suffer or live in difficult or unpleasant conditions She was condemned to spend her summer in a cast.
2 : to sentence to a usually severe punishment The criminals were condemned and punished.
3 : to declare to be wrong School policy condemns cheating.
4 : to declare to be unfit for use condemn a house
con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio) \

Legal Definition of condemn

1 : to impose a penalty on especially : to sentence to death
2 : to adjudge unfit for use or consumption
3 : to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain : take

Other Words from condemn

condemnable \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​bəl, -​ˈde-​mə-​ How to pronounce condemnable (audio) \ adjective
condemnation \ ˌkän-​ˌdem-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce condemnation (audio) \ noun
condemner or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər, -​ˈdem-​ˌnȯr \ noun

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