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condone Syllabification: con·done
Pronunciation: /kənˈdōn/

Definition of condone in English:


[with object]
1Accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive) to continue: the college cannot condone any behavior that involves illicit drugs
More example sentences
  • The complainants objected that the advertisements were offensive and condoned violent and anti-social behaviour.
  • Quickly becoming public enemy No1 for condoning Roy Keane's behaviour, Dunphy predicted Ireland were not good enough and at half-time warned of more goals against.
  • ‘Obviously this sort of behaviour should not be condoned,’ he said.
disregard, accept, allow, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget;
forgive, pardon, excuse, let go
1.1Approve or sanction (something), especially with reluctance: the practice is not officially condoned by any airline
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  • If we maintain abortion, then we lose the sanctity of life by condoning the death of an unborn human being as a typical surgical operation.
  • A former CIA director has exclusively told ITV News that torture is condoned and even approved by HIS government.
  • This was not a school agreed protest and we did not sanction this or condone it in any way.


Pronunciation: /kənˈdōnəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • What I saw was not condonable, for he did not deserve forgiveness for such an atrocious deed such as this wanton destruction.
  • Greed, after all, is a fairly common human failing, not always condonable but hardly a hanging offence.
  • The Ministry of Finance contended that in all but one case the shortfall was within the condonable limits.
Pronunciation: /kənˌdōˈnāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • That sounds like condonation of sloth, indiscipline, unethical behaviour, and disregard of responsibility.
  • Victory in any Assembly or Parliamentary election is no endorsement of crime, nor can it be considered as any condonation of conduct.
  • Also, our Olympia report (last issue) was hardly a condonation of how the contest officially ended.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, Jarausch's focus on the effects of the post-atrocity court's work on the community from which the perpetrators (and condoners) sprang is helpful.
  • Before it tears you up inside though, you get to live a dichotomous life of choosing to be the silent indirect condoner or the nagging battleaxe.
  • Heaven does NOT await those who are enablers, promoters and condoners of death.


Mid 19th century: from Latin condonare 'refrain from punishing', from con- 'altogether' + donare 'give'.

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