condemn

[ kuhn-dem ]
/ kənˈdɛm /

verb (used with object)

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Origin of condemn

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English condempnen, from Anglo-French, Old French condem(p)ner, from Latin condemnāre; see con-, damn

synonym study for condemn

1. See blame.

OTHER WORDS FROM condemn

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH condemn

1. blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at blame)2. condemn , contemn
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British Dictionary definitions for condemn

condemn
/ (kənˈdɛm) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of condemn

Word Origin for condemn

C13: from Old French condempner, from Latin condemnāre, from damnāre to condemn; see damn
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