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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.
  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 declare incurable.

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

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1. See blame.

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

Related Words for condemner

criticizer, censurer, condemner, condemnor

Examples from the Web for condemner

Contemporary Examples of condemner

Historical Examples of condemner

  • God was the Judge and Condemner of those who broke these statutes.

    The Gospel of St. John

    Frederick Denison Maurice

  • There probably was plenty of it, but only one condemner wrote.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • Meredith, the condemner of the “guarded life,” was humanly nervous in guarding his own little daughter.

  • Never was there such a condemner of dignities, such a violator of high places and sanctities, as this very Master Edward.

British Dictionary definitions for condemner


verb (tr)
  1. to express strong disapproval of; censure
  2. to pronounce judicial sentence on
  3. to demonstrate the guilt ofhis secretive behaviour condemned him
  4. to judge or pronounce unfit for usethat food has been condemned
  5. 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 condemner



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper