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[ kuhn-dem ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.
  2. to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment:

    to condemn a murderer to life imprisonment.

    Antonyms: liberate, exculpate, exonerate

  3. to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring:

    His acts condemn him.

  4. to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service:

    to condemn an old building.

  5. U.S. Law. to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the right of eminent domain:

    The city condemned the property.

  6. to force into a specific state or activity:

    His lack of education condemned him to a life of menial jobs.

  7. to doom to eternal punishment in hell.
  8. to declare incurable.


/ kənˈdɛm; kənˈdɛməbəl /


  1. to express strong disapproval of; censure
  2. to pronounce judicial sentence on
  3. to demonstrate the guilt of

    his secretive behaviour condemned him

  4. to judge or pronounce unfit for use

    that food has been condemned

  5. to compel or force into a particular state or activity

    his disposition condemned him to boredom

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Derived Forms

  • conˈdemner, noun
  • condemnable, adjective
  • ˌcondemˈnation, noun
  • conˈdemnably, adverb
  • conˈdemningly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • con·dem·na·ble [k, uh, n-, dem, -n, uh, -b, uh, l], adjective
  • con·dem·na·bly adverb
  • con·demn·er [k, uh, n-, dem, -er], con·dem·nor [k, uh, n-, dem, -er, k, uh, n-dem-, nawr], noun
  • con·demn·ing·ly adverb
  • re·con·demn verb (used with object)
  • self-con·demn·ing adjective
  • un·con·dem·na·ble adjective
  • un·con·demn·ing adjective
  • un·con·demn·ing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of condemn1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of condemn1

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

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Synonym Study

See blame.

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Example Sentences

After that report, the Lincoln Project condemned Weaver, calling him a “predator,” “liar” and “an abuser.”

For every bit of man-made excess the exhibition condemns, it shows us a dozen times over that if we look close enough and deep enough, natural “excess” is everywhere.

Some of her colleagues even voted in Greene’s defense in spite of condemning her behavior in the past.

On the one hand, establishment leaders have condemned Greene.

From Vox

He released a statement condemning Greene’s past statements, some of which she admitted were false and said she regretted in a House floor speech Thursday.

The campaign included a push for the World Health Organization to condemn gay-conversion therapy.

Dean Teresa A. Sullivan praised the “overwhelming response by this community to condemn the evil acts” reported by Rolling Stone.

All religions condemn lying, but Alicia Florrick likely will not be elected if she runs as an atheist.

Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans?

It may come as a surprise then that Scott and, particularly Sata, have refused to condemn Mugabe.

Yet if there is a measure of untruth in such pretty flatteries, one needs to be superhuman in order to condemn them harshly.

Some affirm that he wrote to please royalty, but if so why did he not condemn the custom to appease the wrath of a sapient king.

Do not believe this; be certain that those who profess such a doctrine are practising themselves the deceit they condemn so much.

In reference to this, as well as to any other matter inculcated upon them, their consciences will either approve or condemn them.

We do not pretend to justify either his ignorance or his imposture; but we cannot condemn his doctrine of one only God.


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