- 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 condemner
Everyone has fallen into the predictable roles of condemner, (rare and tentative) defender, and gleeful onlooker.The Anthony Weiner Scandal: C’mon, America, Nobody’s Perfect
June 11, 2011
God was the Judge and Condemner of those who broke these statutes.The Gospel of St. John
Frederick Denison Maurice
There probably was plenty of it, but only one condemner wrote.An American Idyll
Cornelia Stratton Parker
Meredith, the condemner of the “guarded life,” was humanly nervous in guarding his own little daughter.The Art of Letters
Never was there such a condemner of dignities, such a violator of high places and sanctities, as this very Master Edward.The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- 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 condemner
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