verb (used with object)

Origin of condemn

1350–1400; Middle English condempnen < Anglo-French, Old French condem(p)ner < Latin condemnāre. See con-, damn
Related formscon·dem·na·ble [kuhn-dem-nuh-buhl] /kənˈdɛm nə bəl/, adjectivecon·dem·na·bly, adverbcon·demn·er [kuhn-dem-er] /kənˈdɛm ər/, con·dem·nor [kuhn-dem-er, kuhn-dem-nawr] /kənˈdɛm ər, kən dɛmˈnɔr/, nouncon·demn·ing·ly, adverbre·con·demn, verb (used with object)self-con·demned, adjectiveself-con·demn·ing, adjectiveun·con·dem·na·ble, adjectiveun·con·demned, adjectiveun·con·demn·ing, adjectiveun·con·demn·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedblame censure condemn (see synonym study at blame)condemn contemn

Synonyms for condemn

1. See blame.

Antonyms for condemn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for condemnable

blamable, criminal, culpable, disgraceful, reprehensible, shameful

Examples from the Web for condemnable

Contemporary Examples of condemnable

Historical Examples of condemnable

  • All books which meddle with the faith are condemnable and pernicious.

  • Day and night, alone and unattended, I prowled around his casino at S. Mos, nursing this condemnable desire within my breast.

  • Already the incident of the condemnable bandbox had eaten up much invaluable time.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • In itself it is not condemnable; it is a noble or an ignoble ambition, according to the ways and means used to reach that aim.

  • Whispers went round hinting at delays which were condemnable because avoidable if they were real.


    Frank Fox

British Dictionary definitions for condemnable


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 Formscondemnable (kənˈdɛməbəl), adjectivecondemnably, adverbcondemnation, nouncondemner, nouncondemningly, adverb

Word Origin for condemn

C13: from Old French condempner, from Latin condemnāre, from damnāre to condemn; see damn
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Word Origin and History for condemnable



early 14c., condempner "to blame, censure," from Old French condamner "to condemn" (11c.), from Latin condemnare "to sentence, doom, blame, disapprove," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + damnare "to harm, damage" (see damn). Replaced Old English fordeman. Related: Condemned; condemning.

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