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condemn

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1 to declare to be morally wrong or evil
  • it is a sign of human progress that slavery, which was once legal in many places, is now universally condemned

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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

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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

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4 to find or pronounce guilty
  • the accused was condemned by the news media even before the trial began

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5 to impose a judicial punishment on
  • a stern judge who does not hesitate to condemn a felon to life behind bars

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How does the verb condemn differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of condemn are censure, criticize, denounce, reprehend, and reprobate. While all these words mean "to find fault with openly," condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment.

condemned the government's racial policies

In what contexts can censure take the place of condemn?

The synonyms censure and condemn are sometimes interchangeable, but censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding.

a Senator formally censured by his peers

Where would criticize be a reasonable alternative to condemn?

The words criticize and condemn are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions.

criticized the police for using violence

How do denounce and condemn relate to one another?

Denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration.

a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

When could reprehend be used to replace condemn?

While in some cases nearly identical to condemn, reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking.

reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students

When is it sensible to use reprobate instead of condemn?

The meanings of reprobate and condemn largely overlap; however, reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction.

reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle

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The first known use of condemn was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Condemn.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/condemn. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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