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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 oneʼs 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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blame, censure, criticize, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, fault, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]

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come down hard (on), find fault (with), take to task

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extol (also extoll), laud, praise

3 to express public or formal disapproval of

  • the philosopherʼs works were once condemned by the church and placed on its list of forbidden books
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bring to account, call to account

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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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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


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