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

Synonyms & Antonyms for condemn

Synonyms

anathematize, censure, damn, decry, denounce, execrate, reprehend, reprobate

Antonyms

bless

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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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That followed another letter, published in July, in which Lam condemned those who desecrated a pro-China lawmaker’s parents’ graves as creatures who cannot be called human. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong police are now routinely insulting the city’s people as “cockroaches”," 10 Sep. 2019 Cruz and Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican from Louisiana, introduced a resolution on July 18 condemning antifa, and calling for it to be designated as a domestic terrorist organization. CBS News, "Politicians pushing for laws to address domestic terrorism," 29 Aug. 2019 Back in February, new Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar voted against a House resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement intended to pressure Israel into ending its occupation of the West Bank. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The New 'New Colossus'," 18 Aug. 2019 The organization dates to 1959, when Northeast Ohio leaders led efforts to pass a Congressional resolution condemning aggressive Soviet Union policies that placed captive nations under harsh communist regimes. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Fairview Park’s Richard DeChant receives Freedom Award for work with vets at Tri-C: A Place in the Sun," 6 Aug. 2019 In 1958, the City Council of Hiroshima passed a resolution condemning Truman for refusing to express remorse for using atomic bombs and for continuing to advocate their use in an emergency situation. Ryan Browne, CNN, "Why the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 74 years ago today," 6 Aug. 2019 Less helpfully for the anti-187 side, the president of Mexico condemned it, and a 70,000-strong parade in Los Angeles on election eve saw many marchers waving Mexican flags. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Why the GOP Has Declined in California," 1 Aug. 2019 All Democrats in the chamber voted last week for a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets. John Wagner, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi seeks to downplay tensions with ‘the Squad’ after meeting with Ocasio-Cortez," 26 July 2019 Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs has been strongly condemned. Time Staff, Time, "Rights Group Calls for the Release of Uighur Children Detained in Xinjiang," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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condemn

verb

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

condemn

transitive verb
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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