condone

verb
con·​done | \kən-ˈdōn \
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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condonable \kən-​ˈdō-​nə-​bəl \ 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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Manufacturing a crisis, stoking hysteria and even condoning violence, all in the name of getting clicks and viewers. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Anti-Trump media moves goal posts after executive order in 'shameful' display of bias," 22 June 2018 Employers should make sure to strongly encourage employees to report misconduct, without also condoning employees secretly recording fellow employees. Michael Elkins, miamiherald, "In this ‘Me Too’ age, enforcing zero tolerance for offensive behavior may come at a cost," 25 June 2018 There is a lawyer prosecuting Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a comedian convicted in 2015 of condoning terrorism and known for making anti-Semitic statements. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Spiral’ Chronicles the Impact of Prejudice on Everyday Lives," 21 June 2018 Any network that picked it up could therefore be accused of condoning — or at least excusing — her behavior. . Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "What happens to 'Roseanne'? Racist tweet likely Barrs revival elsewhere, even without her," 30 May 2018 The Harford County school system also does not condone a walkout on Friday, officials said. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Fewer Maryland students expected to participate in second school walkout, as other events are planned," 20 Apr. 2018 Chris and Marilyn don't condone their son's behavior. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 But Oscar Hammerstein never condoned violence against women. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 Some defenders of Trump's executive branch power do not condone his methods. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "As Trump's travel ban (finally) reaches Supreme Court, his talk and tweets remain center stage," 24 Apr. 2018

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

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 \
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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