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

Examples from the Web for condemned

Contemporary Examples of condemned

Historical Examples of condemned

  • Besides, he condemned the continuance of the war duties in times of peace.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The policy of excluding the coasting trade from the measure he also condemned.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • But he felt troubled; he was condemned, and it was the world's voice which had condemned him.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • So fair, so innocent a victim shall not be condemned to that living tomb.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Adams then said, "He hoped he should not be condemned unheard."

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

British Dictionary definitions for condemned


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 condemned

1540s, "found guilty, at fault," past participle adjective from condemn. Of property, "found unfit for use," from 1798.



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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