condemn

verb
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 Asked by host Savannah Guthrie to condemn the group, Trump declined. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Pandering to the fringe," 18 Oct. 2020 Guthrie asked Trump to condemn QAnon, which has been deemed dangerous by the FBI, several times during Thursday's town hall. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "'You're not someone's crazy uncle': Guthrie challenges Trump on conspiracy theory retweets," 16 Oct. 2020 An exchange during the debate in which Mr. Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist groups, including the far-right group Proud Boys, has also fueled concerns about possible violence. Alexa Corse And Tarini Parti, WSJ, "Stepped-Up Recruitment of Poll Watchers Adds to Election Tensions," 6 Oct. 2020 The Proud Boys recently made headlines by celebrating President Trump's reply at last week's debate, when he was asked to condemn White supremacists. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Gay men have taken over the Proud Boys Twitter hashtag," 4 Oct. 2020 Trump appeared irritated and demanded to know whom he was being asked to condemn. NBC News, "'Clown,' 'Racist,' 'You're not smart': First presidential debate devolves into name-calling slug fest," 30 Sep. 2020 Why wasn’t Biden asked to condemn left-wing violence or antifa? Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Right Is Blaming Chris Wallace for Trump’s Terrible Debate Performance," 30 Sep. 2020 When asked by moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacists, Trump obfuscated. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What did we just watch? Breaking down the stunner of a presidential debate: This Week in the CLE," 30 Sep. 2020 During the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump was directly asked to condemn white supremacy. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Trump Refused To Condemn White Supremacists. Instead, He Asked For Their Support.," 29 Sep. 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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28 Oct 2020

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“Condemn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condemn. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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condemn

verb
How to pronounce condemn (audio)

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

condemn

verb
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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