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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.
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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

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Related Words for condemners

criticizer, censurer, condemner, condemnor

Examples from the Web for condemners

Historical Examples of condemners

  • His condemners were English, and were jealous, of course, and wrong no doubt.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • It implies a listening to, and reasoning with, the condemners of some of our most time-honored and respectable practices!

    The Grandissimes

    George Washington Cable

  • But all of us, accusers and accused, condemners and condemned, will remain—forever indistinguishable.

British Dictionary definitions for condemners


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
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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 condemners



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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