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

Choose the Right Synonym for condone

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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But their reticence may well be changing in an age of vigilante, white nationalist terror—openly condoned and supported by an incumbent president who has suggested that his armed devotees won’t stand for his removal from office. Corey Pein, The New Republic, "Antifa Is Arming Itself Against a Trump Crackdown," 2 July 2019 The Gary Community School Corporation does not condone this type of behavior and will continue to put the safety and well-being of our students first. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary schools chief apologizes after teacher gives 'most annoying' trophy to boy with autism," 5 June 2019 Another major concern was, by making it legal, the government was somehow condoning it. Alyssa Biederman, https://www.inquirer.com, "Pa. lieutenant governor traveled the state to talk legalizing pot. Here are his takeaways.," 5 June 2019 Maintaining a neutral attitude is not condoning his drinking. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Close family wants to confront alcoholic brother," 1 Jan. 2018 Woodward has said that Hersh’s reporting techniques at The New York Times in the 1970s would not have been condoned at The Washington Post. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 If Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez condones her spokesperson’s belligerent behavior and language, that’s on her. Fox News, "AOC spokesman tweets, then deletes, F-bomb rant against potential GOP challenger," 14 June 2019 Acts of violence, appeals to violence and condoning violence have no place in American society. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "“Violence is never OK”: political leaders respond to bomb threats against Obamas, Clintons," 24 Oct. 2018 The freshman congressman was criticized for his comments, which were interpreted by some as condoning violence against the government. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Democratic congressman suggests Second Amendment solution for Trump," 22 Mar. 2018

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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 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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