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[kuh n-dem] /kənˈdɛm/
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
1350-1400; Middle English condempnen < Anglo-French, Old French condem(p)ner < Latin condemnāre. See con-, damn
Related forms
[kuh n-dem-nuh-buh l] /kənˈdɛm nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
condemnably, adverb
[kuh n-dem-er] /kənˈdɛm ər/ (Show IPA),
[kuh n-dem-er, kuh n-dem-nawr] /kənˈdɛm ər, kən dɛmˈnɔr/ (Show IPA),
condemningly, adverb
recondemn, verb (used with object)
self-condemned, adjective
self-condemning, adjective
uncondemnable, adjective
uncondemned, adjective
uncondemning, adjective
uncondemningly, adverb
Can be confused
blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at blame)
condemn, contemn.
1. See blame.
2. exonerate, liberate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for condemn
  • We condemn any attempts to infiltrate company networks to obtain user information.
  • Thou shalt rest sweetly if thy heart condemn thee not.
  • Some people will take the article to the opposite far end which is unfortunate but not a reason to condemn the position.
  • It is not a day for me to condemn anyone else, given my own failings and sins.
  • Civilized people everywhere readily condemn these things.
  • If it is wrong there, then feel free to condemn those mistakes.
  • The museum did not condemn the tests, as many people were employed.
  • Who is anyone on here to condemn anyone else for what they believe.
  • If you laud hyperbole in one post and condemn hyperbole in the next, don't be surprised if you get criticized.
  • In the last days they will condemn your turning upward to the holy race.
British Dictionary definitions for condemn


verb (transitive)
to express strong disapproval of; censure
to pronounce judicial sentence on
to demonstrate the guilt of: his secretive behaviour condemned him
to judge or pronounce unfit for use: that food has been condemned
to compel or force into a particular state or activity: his disposition condemned him to boredom
Derived Forms
condemnable (kənˈdɛməbəl) adjective
condemnably, adverb
condemnation, noun
condemner, noun
condemningly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French condempner, from Latin condemnāre, from damnāre to condemn; see damn
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Word Origin and History for condemn

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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