condone

verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn How to pronounce condone (audio) \
condoned; condoning

Definition of condone

transitive verb

: to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless a government accused of condoning racism condone corruption in politics

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Other Words from condone

condonable \ kən-​ˈdō-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce condone (audio) \ adjective
condoner noun

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excuse, condone, pardon, forgive mean to exact neither punishment nor redress. excuse may refer to specific acts especially in social or conventional situations or the person responsible for these. excuse an interruption excused them for interrupting Often the term implies extenuating circumstances. injustice excuses strong responses condone implies that one overlooks without censure behavior (such as dishonesty or violence) that involves a serious breach of a moral, ethical, or legal code, and the term may refer to the behavior or to the agent responsible for it. a society that condones alcohol but not narcotics pardon implies that one remits a penalty due for an admitted or established offense. pardon a criminal forgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings. could not forgive their rudeness

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Since some folks don't condone even minor usage slips, you might want to get the meaning of this word straight. Although English speakers sometimes use "condone" with the intended meaning "approve of" or "encourage," the more established meaning is closer to "pardon" or "overlook." "Condone" comes from the Latin verb condonare, which means "to absolve." "Condonare" in turn combines the Latin prefix con-, indicating thoroughness, and donare, meaning "to give" or "to grant." Not surprisingly, "donare" is also the source of our words "donate" and "pardon."

Examples of condone in a Sentence

"I don't condone violence, and I think 'gangsta rap' should be outlawed," says [designer Tommy] Hilfiger … — Joshua Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 1997 Without waiting for Momma's thanks, he rode out of the yard, sure that things were as they should be and that he was a gentle squire, saving those deserving serfs from the laws of the land, which he condoned. — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969 And then she told him all—told him the truth word by word, without attempting to shield herself or condone her error. — Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, 1912 a government that has been accused of condoning racism he is too quick to condone his friend's faults
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Recent Examples on the Web That, no matter how much the party base (and the former president of the United States) loves her, the Republican Party cannot and will not condone her behavior. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 25 May 2021 Morgan Schmidt, an associate pastor at First Presbyterian, said church staff was unaware that the protesters would park in their lot, and didn’t condone it. Jackson Hogan, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 So much about the Masters shouldn’t appeal to me, or to just about anyone: Its rigidity, its exclusivity, its willingness to condone both in the name of tradition. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2021 But with neither the pro-Netanyahu bloc of parties or the grouping opposing him able to muster a coalition that could command a viable parliamentary majority, Israel appears stuck, unable to fully condone him or to remove him from the scene. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 But with neither the pro-Netanyahu bloc of parties or the grouping opposing him able to muster a coalition that could command a viable parliamentary majority, Israel appears stuck, unable to fully condone him or to remove him from the scene. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 More often, nobody knows how to talk about an attitude toward food that the entire sport seems to condone. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2021 Gannon said his release of the video was for the sake of transparency and that the BCA doesn't condone the release of video in ongoing investigations. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 First said in a tweet on Jan. 6 that it was not involved in breaching the Capitol and doesn't condone violence. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'condone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of condone

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for condone

Latin condonare to absolve, from com- + donare to give — more at donation

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“Condone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condone. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for condone

condone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of condone

: to forgive or approve (something that is considered wrong) : to allow (something that is considered wrong) to continue

condone

verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn \
condoned; condoning

Kids Definition of condone

: to treat (something bad) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless I can't condone his actions.

condone

transitive verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn How to pronounce condone (audio) \
condoned; condoning

Legal Definition of condone

: to pardon or overlook voluntarily

History and Etymology for condone

Latin condonare to give away, absolve

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