condemned

adjective
con·​demned | \ kən-ˈdemd How to pronounce condemned (audio) \

Definition of condemned

1 : declared to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil condemned practices
2 : pronounced guilty and sentenced to punishment especially : sentenced to death Jane glanced at Frost, who was staring at the house like a condemned prisoner facing the gallows. — Tess Gerritsen State law required a medical panel … to examine each convict personally, shortly before the scheduled execution, in order to perform the dubious task of trying to determine whether or not the condemned person had been sane at the time of commission of the crime for which he or she was to be executed. — Scott Christianson
3 : officially declared to be unfit for use … the demolition by public authority of a dangerous structure where no compensation is paid and the condemned property is not actually acquired.— Charles Abrams Her parents … began married life living with Ronald's mother in a condemned flat in Southall, a dingy part of west London.— Allison Pearson

First Known Use of condemned

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Condemned.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condemned. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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