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[kuh n-dem-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈdɛm nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
serving to condemn.
Origin of condemnatory
First recorded in 1555-65; condemnat(ion) + -ory1
Related forms
self-condemnatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • A most condemnatory glance at my extremities accompanied this speech.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • The very fact that to mention her name exacts an explanation, is condemnatory.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • Cork's air became judicial, proprietary, condemnatory, yet sympathetic.

  • As far as Cæsar is concerned, it is palliative rather than condemnatory.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • And where was the subject of their condemnatory opinions all this while?

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • The ladies had to make an effort to recover their condemnatory judgement.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • A condemnatory finger was pointed at Septimus John Clifford.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • Over the cross, which stood between two others, was the condemnatory inscription, “The King of the Jews.”

  • Still less can any one be fond of being made the object of slighting and condemnatory remarks.

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
British Dictionary definitions for condemnatory


/ˌkɒndɛmˈneɪtərɪ; kənˈdɛmnətərɪ; -trɪ/
expressing strong disapproval or censure
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Word Origin and History for condemnatory

late 16c., from Latin condemnat-, past participle stem of condemnare (see condemn) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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