- 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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Moreover, neither the Polish government in exile nor the leaders of the Home Army condoned anti-Semitic measures.‘Generation War’ Lets World War II Germans Off Too Easily
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Afterward someone told the woman that Awlaki had condoned the attacks.Anwar al-Awlaki Continues to Inspire Islamists
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She left him a second time and was again deserted, and again he condoned her offence.The Making Of A Novelist
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That any payments due by them to the Public Treasury were to be condoned.The Philippine Islands
They have defended and condoned the industrial exploitation of children.The Necessity of Atheism
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But he, a lawyer, condoned them and applauded the harsh and vindictive sentences.William Pitt and the Great War
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A monstrous proceeding truly, and not to be condoned by any circumstances.Old Familiar Faces
- 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 condoned
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