[kon-dem-ney-shuh n, -duh m-]


the act of condemning.
the state of being condemned.
strong censure; disapprobation; reproof.
a cause or reason for condemning.
U.S. Law. the seizure, as of property, for public use.

Origin of condemnation

1350–1400; Middle English condempnacioun (< Middle French) < Late Latin condemnātiōn- (stem of condemnātiō). See condemn, -ation
Related formsnon·con·dem·na·tion, nounre·con·dem·na·tion, nounself-con·dem·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for condemnation

Contemporary Examples of condemnation

Historical Examples of condemnation

  • In every line of the narrative he had heard, he had heard his condemnation.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • We do not mean however to hold forth this circumstance as decisive in its condemnation.


    William Godwin

  • The Jesuit influence at Rome had procured the condemnation of the book.

  • This, however, helped him little; for in the Bible he read his own condemnation.


    James Anthony Froude

  • There had been something of condemnation sometimes in the Sicilian's eyes as they looked into his.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

Word Origin and History for condemnation

late 14c., from Latin condemnationem (nominative condemnatio), noun of action from past participle stem of condemnare (see condemn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper