condone

verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn How to pronounce condone (audio) \
condoned; condoning

Essential Meaning of condone

: to forgive or approve (something that is considered wrong) : to allow (something that is considered wrong) to continue a government that has been accused of condoning racism

Full Definition of condone

transitive verb

: to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless a government accused of condoning racism condone corruption in politics

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Other Words from condone

condonable \ kən-​ˈdō-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce condone (audio) \ adjective
condoner noun

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excuse, condone, pardon, forgive mean to exact neither punishment nor redress. excuse may refer to specific acts especially in social or conventional situations or the person responsible for these. excuse an interruption excused them for interrupting Often the term implies extenuating circumstances. injustice excuses strong responses condone implies that one overlooks without censure behavior (such as dishonesty or violence) that involves a serious breach of a moral, ethical, or legal code, and the term may refer to the behavior or to the agent responsible for it. a society that condones alcohol but not narcotics pardon implies that one remits a penalty due for an admitted or established offense. pardon a criminal forgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings. could not forgive their rudeness

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Since some folks don't condone even minor usage slips, you might want to get the meaning of this word straight. Although English speakers sometimes use "condone" with the intended meaning "approve of" or "encourage," the more established meaning is closer to "pardon" or "overlook." "Condone" comes from the Latin verb condonare, which means "to absolve." "Condonare" in turn combines the Latin prefix con-, indicating thoroughness, and donare, meaning "to give" or "to grant." Not surprisingly, "donare" is also the source of our words "donate" and "pardon."

Examples of condone in a Sentence

"I don't condone violence, and I think 'gangsta rap' should be outlawed," says [designer Tommy] Hilfiger … — Joshua Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 1997 Without waiting for Momma's thanks, he rode out of the yard, sure that things were as they should be and that he was a gentle squire, saving those deserving serfs from the laws of the land, which he condoned. — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969 And then she told him all—told him the truth word by word, without attempting to shield herself or condone her error. — Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, 1912 a government that has been accused of condoning racism he is too quick to condone his friend's faults
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Recent Examples on the Web Their mother, Nabila, is one of 250 female judges ordered not to return to work by a regime that doesn't condone women in senior positions. Rebecca Wright, Anna Coren And Abdul Basir Bina, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 On the gargantuan digital screens a message blares in the kind of ugly, unstyled red capital letters that Clive would never condone at one of his polished fêtes: ATTENTION! Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 High vaccination rate Canada's Conservative Party leader, Erin O'Toole, has denounced aggressive protesters saying last week that his party does not condone such behavior. Paula Newton, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Yet politicians continue to do it, or encourage it, or condone it, or listen to it. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 2 Sep. 2021 And while Miss Manners does not condone reneging after accepting invitations, the change of date gives you a fresh chance. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Schoaf said the city doesn't condone white supremacy but added that since the distribution took place in a county island — land near Litchfield Park but not technically annexed into the city limits — the city likely would not take action. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 Lange’s refusal to condone the shamefulness of the internment of Japanese Americans required another. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Today, as in 1850, high-minded people condone the unilateral breakup—in romantic as well as nonromantic love. Agnes Callard, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of condone

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for condone

Latin condonare to absolve, from com- + donare to give — more at donation

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27 Sep 2021

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“Condone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condone. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for condone

condone

verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn \
condoned; condoning

Kids Definition of condone

: to treat (something bad) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless I can't condone his actions.

condone

transitive verb
con·​done | \ kən-ˈdōn How to pronounce condone (audio) \
condoned; condoning

Legal Definition of condone

: to pardon or overlook voluntarily

History and Etymology for condone

Latin condonare to give away, absolve

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