Trending: condemn

Lookups spiked 3,300% on July 16, 2019

Why are people looking up condemn?

Condemn was at the top of our lookups on July 16th, 2019, after Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to take this action regarding recent tweets sent by President Trump.

What does condemn mean?

The word has a small variety of meanings, including “to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation,” “to pronounce guilty,” and “to adjudge unfit for use or consumption.”

Where does condemn come from?

In use since the 14th century, condemn shares a root with damn; both may be traced to the Latin word damnare (“to condemn”).


I condemn you to a perpetual exile from my presence, from the place where I dwel; you shall know me for an Enemy, since you would not enjoy me as a Lover.
— Anon., Choice novels and amarous tales written by the most refined wits of Italy, 1652

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