[kuh n-dem-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


serving to condemn.

Origin of condemnatory

First recorded in 1555–65; condemnat(ion) + -ory1
Related formsself-con·dem·na·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for condemnatory

Contemporary Examples of condemnatory

  • A few supported my efforts in the image review, but the vast majority came in the form of condemnatory allegations.

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    Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

    Robert Khayat

    July 28, 2014

Historical Examples of condemnatory

  • A most condemnatory glance at my extremities accompanied this speech.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • The very fact that to mention her name exacts an explanation, is condemnatory.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Cork's air became judicial, proprietary, condemnatory, yet sympathetic.

  • As far as Cæsar is concerned, it is palliative rather than condemnatory.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • And where was the subject of their condemnatory opinions all this while?

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for condemnatory



expressing strong disapproval or censure
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Word Origin and History for condemnatory

late 16c., from Latin condemnat-, past participle stem of condemnare (see condemn) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper