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 condonable (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 Otherwise, Western museums will continue to condone the ongoing plunder of Africans of the past five hundred years, which aside from colonialism include the theft of African bodies for the gruesome Transatlantic Slave Trade. Sylvester Ogbechie, Quartz Africa, "How to bring Africa’s artifacts back home from Europe’s museums," 14 June 2020 In a statement read Friday by Rickard, Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications which owns the station, said Emmis does not condone or endorse viewpoints that diminish the injustices facing the black community in America. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "1070 The Fan suspends radio host Joe Staysniak for 'insensitive' racial comments," 5 June 2020 Sharpton said the family does not condone violence or looting. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "George Floyd honored at Minneapolis memorial service: "He would stand up for injustice anywhere"," 4 June 2020 But while few of us condone theft or arson or violence, don’t get sidetracked by opportunists and fools. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Murky edges of Detroit protests are tearing us apart | Opinion," 3 June 2020 By Sean Wilentz Harvard, 350 pages, $26.95 The War Before the War By Andrew Delbanco Penguin Press, 453 pages, $30 The Constitution had condoned slavery in other ways too. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 That’s a stark contrast from much of the game’s history, in which a little cheating to get ahead was not only largely condoned, but often lauded. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "The story of Al Worthington, who once quit baseball over sign-stealing," 1 May 2020 Accounts of survivors reveal how other women in the family either watch helplessly or condone/minimise/ignore the abuse. Ashwini Deshpande, Quartz India, "In locked down India, women fight coronavirus and domestic violence," 15 Apr. 2020 Patients Are Getting Hydroxychloroquine While health officials are not condoning that people with mild symptoms start self-medicating with hydroxychloroquine, doctors are starting to use it on their sickest patients in the hospital. Alice Park, Time, "President Trump Called Hydroxychloroquine a 'Game Changer,' But Experts Warn Against Self-Medicating With the Drug. Here’s What You Need to Know," 24 Mar. 2020

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for condone

condone

verb
How to pronounce condone (audio)

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.
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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