- 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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1. See blame.
2. exonerate, liberate.
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Examples from the Web for condemnable
How could this dazzling creature have done something so condemnable.Spilling My Family's Secrets
May 21, 2010
All books which meddle with the faith are condemnable and pernicious.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Day and night, alone and unattended, I prowled around his casino at S. Mos, nursing this condemnable desire within my breast.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi
Count Carlo Gozzi
Already the incident of the condemnable bandbox had eaten up much invaluable time.The Bandbox
Louis Joseph Vance
In itself it is not condemnable; it is a noble or an ignoble ambition, according to the ways and means used to reach that aim.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
Whispers went round hinting at delays which were condemnable because avoidable if they were real.England
- 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
C13: from Old French condempner, from Latin condemnāre, from damnāre to condemn; see damn
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Word Origin and History for condemnable
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