condemn

verb
con·​demn | \ kən-ˈdem \
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 , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemnatory \ kən-​ˈdem-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē , -​ˈde-​mə-​ \ adjective
condemner \ kən-​ˈde-​mər \ or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər ; 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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He's declaration—made on YouTube, as opposed to an academic setting—was widely condemned by the world's scientific community. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Could Face Death Penalty, Colleague Fears," 8 Jan. 2019 Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado condemned Poland to their second defeat in the tournament as Colombia kept their round of 16 hopes alive with a scintillating performance. SI.com, "Poland Boss Adam Nawałka Takes Full Responsibility Following Crushing 3-0 Defeat to Colombia," 25 June 2018 While wildlife officials here insist that the 22 grizzlies slated for harvest will not jeopardize bear recovery, a wide chorus of critics condemns trophy killing. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018 Diverse students from so many different communities rallied to condemn hate on campus. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018 Another point to be made is that just because someone doesn't like the look of tattoos doesn't give them the right to condemn others for making the perfectly normal and acceptable choice to go under the needle. Andrea Park, Allure, "Victoria Beckham Is Being Mommy-Shamed for Brooklyn Having "Too Many" Tattoos," 26 July 2018 Reuploading video while stripping credit is a practice that YouTube explicitly condemns. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video," 26 Dec. 2018 Trump has resisted condemning MBS personally for Khashoggi’s death, which has put him at odds with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 The Saudi government has condemned the killing and said there was no order from Riyadh to execute the journalist. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women’s-Rights Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent," 20 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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 \

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-​ \ adjective
condemnation \ ˌkän-​ˌdem-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun
condemner or condemnor \ kən-​ˈde-​mər, -​ˈdem-​ˌnȯr \ noun

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