condemn

verb

con·​demn kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio)
condemned; condemning; condemns

transitive verb

1
: to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation
a policy widely condemned as racist
2
a
: to pronounce guilty : convict
b
: sentence, doom
condemn a prisoner to die
3
: to adjudge unfit for use or consumption
condemn an old apartment building
4
: to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain
condemnable adjective
condemnatory adjective
condemner noun
or condemnor
kən-ˈde-mər How to pronounce condemn (audio)
kən-ˌdem-ˈnȯr,
ˌkän-
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of condemn in a Sentence

We strongly condemn this attack against our allies. The government condemns all acts of terrorism. The country condemns the use of violence on prisoners. The school condemns cheating, and any student caught cheating will be expelled. City officials condemned our apartment building and forced us to leave.
Recent Examples on the Web China’s Taiwan Affairs Office strongly condemned the deaths and urged the Taiwan authorities to conduct a full investigation. Shawn Deng, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 At an election rally Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack and praised police and prosecutors for working to apprehend additional suspects. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 Feb. 2024 The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities condemned the incident, which was reported in Swiss media after a social media post from Zurich city councilor Jehuda Spielman on Sunday. Jamey Keaten, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Luis gave up on graduate school, for fear of condemning himself to years of online classes. Eric Klinenberg, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Several House members, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey), quickly condemned the statement as antisemitic. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Robinson’s extreme rhetoric in public statements and social media posts have been widely condemned by other North Carolina political leaders and turned off Black voters. Kendrick Marshall, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 West Africa is deeply divided, with three countries led by military juntas — Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso — last month announcing their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, which had sharply condemned the coups in those nations. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Behind the scenes, Iraqi officials have attempted to rein in the militias, while also condemning U.S. retaliatory strikes as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and calling for an exit of the 2,500 U.S. troops who are in the country as part of an international coalition to fight IS. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French condempner, from Latin condemnare, from com- + damnare to condemn — more at damn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near condemn

Cite this Entry

“Condemn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condemn. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

condemn

verb
con·​demn kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio)
1
: to declare to be wrong : censure
condemned their behavior
2
a
: to pronounce guilty : convict
3
: to declare to be unfit for use or consumption
a condemned building
condemnation
ˌkän-ˌdem-ˈnā-shən
-dəm-
noun
condemner noun
or condemnor
kən-ˈdem-ər

Legal Definition

condemn

transitive verb
con·​demn kən-ˈdem How to pronounce condemn (audio)
1
: to impose a penalty on
especially : to sentence to death
2
: to adjudge unfit for use or consumption
3
: to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain : take
condemnable adjective
condemnation noun
condemner noun
or condemnor
kən-ˈde-mər, -ˈdem-ˌnȯr

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