- to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.
- to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment: to condemn a murderer to life imprisonment.
- to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring: His acts condemn him.
- to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service: to condemn an old building.
- U.S. Law. to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the right of eminent domain: The city condemned the property.
- to force into a specific state or activity: His lack of education condemned him to a life of menial jobs.
- to declare incurable.
Origin of condemn
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Examples from the Web for condemn
The campaign included a push for the World Health Organization to condemn gay-conversion therapy.China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case
December 19, 2014
Dean Teresa A. Sullivan praised the “overwhelming response by this community to condemn the evil acts” reported by Rolling Stone.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story
December 5, 2014
Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans?Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?
November 6, 2014
It may come as a surprise then that Scott and, particularly Sata, have refused to condemn Mugabe.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
I condemn this action from the viewpoint of the Guards and the [paramilitary] Basij.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
I am afraid you will condemn my warmth: But does not the occasion require it?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us.
The mitigation of that horror they condemn, resent, and often ascribe to the devil.The Conquest of Fear
But was she, of all women in the world, to condemn him without knowing what he had to say for himself?Weighed and Wanting
Is it not like Hamlet to be able to condemn himself in this way beforehand?The Man Shakespeare
- to express strong disapproval of; censure
- to pronounce judicial sentence on
- to demonstrate the guilt ofhis secretive behaviour condemned him
- to judge or pronounce unfit for usethat food has been condemned
- to compel or force into a particular state or activityhis disposition condemned him to boredom
Word Origin and History for condemn
early 14c., condempner "to blame, censure," from Old French condamner "to condemn" (11c.), from Latin condemnare "to sentence, doom, blame, disapprove," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + damnare "to harm, damage" (see damn). Replaced Old English fordeman. Related: Condemned; condemning.