- 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 condemners
His condemners were English, and were jealous, of course, and wrong no doubt.Art in England
It implies a listening to, and reasoning with, the condemners of some of our most time-honored and respectable practices!The Grandissimes
George Washington Cable
But all of us, accusers and accused, condemners and condemned, will remain—forever indistinguishable.Greener Than You Think
- 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 condemners
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