- to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like): The government condoned the computer hacking among rival corporations.
- to give tacit approval to: By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.
- to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse: His employers are willing to condone the exaggerations they uncovered in his résumé.
- to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).
- Law. to forgive or act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow): His spouse condoned his infidelity from the early years of their marriage.
Origin of condone
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Examples from the Web for condone
In an act of corporal punishment that we at the Daily Beast do not condone, Joseph grabbed Him by the ear and “pulled hard.”Was Baby Jesus A Holy Terror?
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On Thursday, Bridenstine responded that he “did not condone” the comments calling for Obama to be executed.The Right’s Dangerous Rhetoric: Obama as an ‘Enemy Combatant’
February 10, 2014
The grand intelligent design blueprint surely would not and could not condone such a partition.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists
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If you ignore wrongdoing,” said Clohessy, “you condone wrongdoing.From Dirty War to Child Abuse, Church’s Past Confronts Pope Francis
March 17, 2013
I cannot condone the PA's performance or its behavior—and I have told them so.Putting The Blame On "Palestine's Democratic Deficit"
February 19, 2013
She could even understand those facts, though she could not condone them.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Sin itself is often easier than simpleness to pardon and condone.The Manxman
That erstwhile habit of Sakr-el-Bahr's was one not easy to condone.The Sea-Hawk
I simply do not understand your language, and even less can I condone your haste!We're Friends, Now
There are faults, and these of a kind this present age is ill-disposed to condone.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
- to overlook or forgive (an offence)
- law (esp of a spouse) to pardon or overlook (an offence, usually adultery)
C19: from Latin condōnāre to remit a debt, from com- (intensive) + dōnāre to donate
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Word Origin and History for condone
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