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condemn

[kuh n-dem] /kənˈdɛm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.
2.
to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment:
to condemn a murderer to life imprisonment.
3.
to give grounds or reason for convicting or censuring:
His acts condemn him.
4.
to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service:
to condemn an old building.
5.
U.S. Law. to acquire ownership of for a public purpose, under the right of eminent domain:
The city condemned the property.
6.
to force into a specific state or activity:
His lack of education condemned him to a life of menial jobs.
7.
to declare incurable.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English condempnen < Anglo-French, Old French condem(p)ner < Latin condemnāre. See con-, damn
Related forms
condemnable
[kuh n-dem-nuh-buh l] /kənˈdɛm nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
condemnably, adverb
condemner
[kuh n-dem-er] /kənˈdɛm ər/ (Show IPA),
condemnor
[kuh n-dem-er, kuh n-dem-nawr] /kənˈdɛm ər, kən dɛmˈnɔr/ (Show IPA),
noun
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.
Synonyms
1. See blame.
Antonyms
2. exonerate, liberate.
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Examples from the web for condemns
  • That's the problem: modern medicine gives us better lives now but condemns future generations to genetic infirmity.
  • She is characterizing, in her acerbic style, two philosophies which she condemns.
  • Then he condemns earlier brain-and-politics findings for being simplistic and politically motivated.
  • The verdict acquits the raven, but condemns the dove.
  • All murmuring, excuses, or delays she condemns as contrary to obedience.
  • Every nation condemns conquest, and every nation with power to enter upon career of conquest rushes eagerly upon it.
  • But this follows from the contrasts he draws between the conduct he admires and that which he condemns.
  • The bailout in itself condemns the policy of deregulation which made the bailout necessary.
  • The government condemns the attacks, but has done nothing to stop them.
  • The church condemns gambling but accepts government donations and subsidies from gambling.
British Dictionary definitions for condemns

condemn

/kənˈdɛm/
verb (transitive)
1.
to express strong disapproval of; censure
2.
to pronounce judicial sentence on
3.
to demonstrate the guilt of: his secretive behaviour condemned him
4.
to judge or pronounce unfit for use: that food has been condemned
5.
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 condemns

condemn

v.

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.

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