condone

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verb con·done \kən-ˈdōn\

Definition of condone

condoned

condoning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless <a government accused of condoning racism> <condone corruption in politics>

condonable

play \-ˈdō-nə-bəl\ adjective

condoner

noun

Examples of condone in a sentence

  1. “I don't condone violence, and I think ‘gangsta rap’ should be outlawed,” says [designer Tommy] Hilfiger … —Joshua Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 1997

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. a government that has been accused of condoning racism

  5. <he is too quick to condone his friend's faults>

Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of condone

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


First Known Use: 1805

Synonym Discussion of 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 (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>.

CONDONE Defined for English Language Learners

condone

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verb con·done \kən-ˈdōn\

Definition of condone for English Language Learners

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


CONDONE Defined for Kids

condone

verb con·done \kən-ˈdōn\

Definition of condone for Students

condoned

condoning

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


Law Dictionary

condone

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transitive verb con·done \kən-ˈdōn\

Legal Definition of condone

condoned

condoning

  1. :  to pardon or overlook voluntarily

Origin and Etymology of condone

Latin condonare to give away, absolve



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