verb (used with object)
to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.
to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment: to condemn a murderer to life imprisonment.
to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring: His acts condemn him.
to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service: to condemn an old building.
U.S. Law. to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the right of eminent domain: The city condemned the property.
to force into a specific state or activity: His lack of education condemned him to a life of menial jobs.
to declare incurable.
Origin of condemn
Synonyms for condemn
1. See blame.
Antonyms for condemn
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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
Word Origin for condemn
C13: from Old French condempner, from Latin condemnāre, from damnāre to condemn; see damn
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