- The definition of condemn is to state that someone or something is wrong or evil or to sentence to punishment.
- An example of condemn is to announce that a person is guilty of murder.
- An example of condemn is to sentence a murderer to life in prison.
condemn definition by Webster's New World
- to pass an adverse judgment on; disapprove of strongly; censure
- to declare to be guilty of wrongdoing; convict
- to pass judicial sentence on; inflict a penalty upon
- to doom
- ☆ to take (private property) for public use by the power of eminent domain; expropriate
- to declare unfit for use or service: to condemn a slum tenement
Origin: Middle English condempnen ; from Old French condemner ; from Classical Latin condemnare ; from com-, intensive plush damnare, to harm, condemn: see damn
condemn definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb con·demned, con·demn·ing, con·demns
- To express strong disapproval of: condemned the needless waste of food.
- To pronounce judgment against; sentence: condemned the felons to prison.
- To judge or declare to be unfit for use or consumption, usually by official order: condemn an old building.
- To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against: were condemned by their actions.
- Law To appropriate (property) for public use.
Origin: Middle English condemnen, from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + damnāre, to sentence (from damnum, penalty).
- con·demˈna·ble adjective
- con·demˈna·toˌry adjective
- con·demnˈer , con·demˈnor noun
condemn - Legal Definition
- To expropriate private property, usually land, for public use. See also appropriation and eminent domain.
- To adjudge someone guilty of a crime or to impose sentence, especially a severe penalty such as death or life imprisonment.
- To adjudge something, often a building, to be illegal, unfit for public use, or a hazard to the public and order it to be destroyed.