Definition of condemn in English:

condemn

Line breaks: con|demn
Pronunciation: /kənˈdɛm
 
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verb

[with object]
1Express complete disapproval of; censure: most leaders roundly condemned the attack the plan was condemned by campaigners
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  • Needless to say, Rampersad was roundly condemned and his plan is probably gathering dust somewhere in the archives.
  • Campaigners have condemned the Government's plans, with non-food pubs exempt from restrictions, as ‘half measures’.
  • All such diabolic, yet cowardly actions must be severely condemned, censured and deterred with steeled resolve and equally resolute counteraction.
Synonyms
censure, criticize, castigate, attack, denounce, deplore, decry, revile, inveigh against, blame, chastise, berate, upbraid, reprimand, rebuke, reprove, reprehend, take to task, find fault with, give someone/something a bad press; deprecate, disparage
informal slam, hammer, lay into, cane, blast
British informal slate, slag off, have a go at
archaic slash, reprobate
2Sentence (someone) to a particular punishment, especially death: the rebels had been condemned to death (as adjective condemned) the condemned men
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  • But during WW I, 3,082 officers and men were condemned to death, although the majority of these sentences were commuted to terms of imprisonment.
  • Still, man is the only prisoner who knows he is condemned to capital punishment; that the sentence is without appeal; and that it has been passed already.
  • Following mass arrests, several strike leaders were condemned to death, and Mielke finally made a name for himself.
Synonyms
sentence, pass sentence on; convict, find guiltydamned, doomed, lost, condemned to hell; sentenced, convicted, censured, faulted
literary accursed
2.1(Of circumstances) force (someone) to endure or accept something unpleasant: the physical ailments that condemned him to a lonely childhood
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  • And who can help but feel a great sympathy for those condemned by circumstance to live in such accommodation without the means to do so?
  • She should not be targeted by a group with an ideological agenda that may condemn her or even force her into a decision that will have lasting repercussions.
  • What Camus is saying is that man is condemned by nature and circumstances to spiritual exile, always seeking an inner kingdom in which to be reborn.
Synonyms
2.2Prove or show to be guilty or unsatisfactory: she could see in his eyes that her stumble had condemned her
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  • But Professor Brown's evidence condemns that, does it not?
  • The Defendants contend that Irving stands condemned as a denier out of his own mouth.
  • The organisation's evidence condemned the unwritten principles that seem to underpin the draft bill.
Synonyms
incriminate, prove to be guilty, prove one's guilt, implicate
archaic inculpate
3Officially declare (something) to be unfit for use: the pool has been condemned as a health hazard
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  • The bridge was immediately closed, and a second opinion sought before it was officially condemned.
  • After a month of operations, only two of the eight original aircraft were still operational, and even they were eventually condemned as unfit for service.
  • In their opinion, the justices noted that state legislatures are free to pass laws that bar officials from condemning property for private development.
Synonyms
declare unfit, declare unsafe; denounce, criticize

Origin

Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + damnare 'inflict loss on' (see damn).

Derivatives

condemnable

Pronunciation: /-ˈdɛmnəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • But killing their fellow God-created human beings in order to attain their personal salvation is a blatantly selfish and the most condemnable inhumane act, morally and theologically.
  • Individually, each of these actions is condemnable.
  • Why is it condemnable to craft songs with harmonies and choruses so finely constructed they immediately bring to mind some of modern rock's best and brightest talents?

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