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[kon-dem-ney-shuh n, -duh m-] /ˌkɒn dɛmˈneɪ ʃən, -dəm-/
the act of condemning.
the state of being condemned.
strong censure; disapprobation; reproof.
a cause or reason for condemning.
U.S. Law. the seizure, as of property, for public use.
Origin of condemnation
1350-1400; Middle English condempnacioun (< Middle French) < Late Latin condemnātiōn- (stem of condemnātiō). See condemn, -ation
Related forms
noncondemnation, noun
recondemnation, noun
self-condemnation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus, much that is worthy of condemnation today was once the product of unthinking custom and practice.
  • Four days since your post yet no hysterical condemnation.
  • condemnation cripples, limiting courage to further extend the abilities.
  • Amazing the scope of such a sweeping condemnation of the disciplines of the biological sciences.
  • It must have been an extremely spurious remark in order for the committee to resort to it as a condemnation of the candidate.
  • Three of the four agencies that purchased these areas did not use condemnation at all.
  • It might be called sentimental by those who confound true and false sentiment in one condemnation.
  • The mere fact that it has never been brought into common use, though so obvious a form, is sufficient condemnation.
  • And this, indeed, seems to have been one principal cause of his condemnation.
  • Modern agricultural methods are treated to a strong condemnation, with meat production depicted as being especially abhorrent.
Word Origin and History for condemnation

late 14c., from Latin condemnationem (nominative condemnatio), noun of action from past participle stem of condemnare (see condemn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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