[ kuhn-dohn ]
See synonyms for: condonecondoningcondonable on

verb (used with object),con·doned, con·don·ing.
  1. to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like): The government condoned the computer hacking among rival corporations.

  2. to give tacit approval to: By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.

  1. to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse: His employers are willing to condone the exaggerations they uncovered in his résumé.

  2. to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).

  3. Law. to forgive or act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow): His spouse condoned his infidelity from the early years of their marriage.

Origin of condone

First recorded in 1615–25, but in general currency from its use in the British Divorce Act of 1857 (see def. 5 ); from Latin condōnāre “to absolve, grant pardon,” equivalent tocon- “with, together” + dōnāre “to give”; see origin at con-,donate

Other words from condone

  • con·don·a·ble, adjective
  • con·don·er, noun
  • un·con·doned, adjective
  • un·con·don·ing, adjective

Words Nearby condone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use condone in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for condone


/ (kənˈdəʊn) /

  1. to overlook or forgive (an offence)

  2. law (esp of a spouse) to pardon or overlook (an offence, usually adultery)

Origin of condone

C19: from Latin condōnāre to remit a debt, from com- (intensive) + dōnāre to donate

Derived forms of condone

  • condonable, adjective
  • condonation (ˌkɒndəʊˈneɪʃən), noun
  • condoner, noun

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