- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-condemned
This self-condemned curiosity only increased his bad temper.His Masterpiece
Without a word of excuse to offer, he sat there, self-condemned and speechless.Bert Lloyd's Boyhood
J. McDonald Oxley
It is, in reality, the most self-condemned of all conceivable contradictions.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
Hence it is self-condemned, and consequently metaphysics is not a science.
She was to follow her destiny, and be base, miserable, self-condemned.Hypatia
- 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 and History for self-condemned
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.