Definition of condemn
1 : to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation a policy widely condemned as racist
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
condemnableplay \kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnatoryplay \kən-ˈdem-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈde-mə-\ adjective
condemnerplay \kən-ˈde-mər\ or
condemnor\kən-ˈde-mər; kən-ˌdem-ˈnȯr, ˌkän-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of condemn from the Web
Koala advocates quickly condemned the ad for Perry’s nonchalant call to violence against the vulnerable species.
The rebuke condemned the cobbler to walk the earth forever.
But lawmakers have strongly condemned the NIH and CDC cuts at recent budget hearings, raising hopes that both agencies will escape the ax.
To fail to do so is to condemn not only Heller and Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake to certain doom but probably others among the eight GOP senators up for reelection.
In a report obtained exclusively by the Courier-Journal, Democratic Chairman Bill Hollander and Vice Chairwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton recommend Johnson be publicly condemned and expelled from caucus.
Then in 1924, the city condemned the property and began proceedings to claim it through eminent domain.
ATHENS—Greece has blocked a European Union statement condemning China’s human-rights record at a United Nations body, sparking criticism from rights groups.
The ELN, however, have condemned Saturday’s attack and say they were not involved.
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Synonym Discussion of condemn
CONDEMN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of condemn for English Language Learners
: 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
CONDEMN Defined for Kids
Definition of condemn for Students
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
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
condemnable\kən-ˈdem-nə-bəl, -ˈde-mə-\ play adjective
condemnation\ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
condemnor\kən-ˈde-mər, -ˈdem-ˌnȯr\ noun
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