Thesaurus

condemn

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of condemn

  1. 1 to declare to be morally wrong or evil it is a sign of human progress that slavery, which was once common, is now universally condemned Synonyms of condemn anathematize, censure, damn, decry, denounce, execrate, reprehend, reprobate Words Related to condemn attack, blame, blast, criticize, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, slam; belittle, deprecate, disparage; doom, sentence; convict; blacklist, excommunicate, ostracize; castigate, chastise, rebuke, reprimand, reproach; admonish, chide, reprove; berate, lambaste (or lambast), rake, scold, upbraid, vituperate; curse, imprecate; abhor, abominate, detest, hate, loathe, revile Near Antonyms of condemn approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; eulogize, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, praise; acclaim, applaud, commend, hail, salute, tout; consecrate, hallow, sanctify; honor, revere, venerate Antonyms of condemn bless

  2. 2 to express one's unfavorable opinion of the worth or quality of a report that condemns the working conditions in the factories of many developing countries Synonyms of condemn blame, censure, criticize, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]Words Related to condemn skewer, tweak; assail, attack, blast, clobber, slam, slash; nick (at), snipe (at); beef, bellyache, bitch, carp, cavil, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouse, growl, grumble, kick, kvetch, moan, murmur, mutter, niggle, quibble, whine; admonish, chide, drub, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove; berate, castigate, crucify, excoriate, flay, gibbet, hammer, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lash, pillory, scold, upbraid; bad-mouth, belittle, decry, deride, discommend, disparage, put downNear Antonyms of condemn approve, commend, endorse (also indorse), recommend, sanctionAntonyms of condemn extol (also extoll), laud, praise

  3. 3 to express public or formal disapproval of the philosopher's works were once condemned by the church and placed on its list of forbidden books Synonyms of condemn censure, denounce, objurgate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproveWords Related to condemn admonish, chastise; castigate, punish; bawl out, berate, chew out, cut up, dress down, flay, gibbet, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rate, scold, score, tell off, upbraid; belittle, criticize, deprecate, depreciate, disparageNear Antonyms of condemn acclaim, applause, hail, honor; eulogize, laud, praise; approve, bless, sanctionAntonyms of condemn cite, commend, endorse (also indorse)

  4. 4 to find or pronounce guilty the accused was condemned by the news media even before the trial began Synonyms of condemn convictWords Related to condemn accuse, arraign, charge, impeach, indict; censure, damn, denounce, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove; admonish, castigate, chastise; penalize, punish, sentenceNear Antonyms of condemn cite, commend, endorse (also indorse); approve, bless, sanctionAntonyms of condemn absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

  5. 5 to impose a judicial punishment on a stern judge who does not hesitate to condemn a felon to life behind bars Synonyms of condemn sentence, damn, doomWords Related to condemn adjudge, judge; castigate, censure, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, penalize, punish; conclude, decide, decree, determine, find, opine, resolve, ruleNear Antonyms of condemn pardon, reprieve

Synonym Discussion of condemn

criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions.
    • criticized the police for using violence
reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking.
    • reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students
censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding.
    • a Senator formally censured by his peers
reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction.
    • reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle
condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment.
    • condemned the government's racial policies
denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration.
    • a pastoral letter denouncing abortion


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up condemn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!