- 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.
- 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 of condemnMiddle English condempnen from Old French condemner from Classical Latin condemnare from com-, intensive + damnare, to harm, condemn: see damn
transitive verbcon·demned, con·demn·ing, con·demns
- To express strong disapproval of: condemned the needless waste of food. See Synonyms at criticize.
- 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 force (someone) to experience, endure, or do something: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” ( George Santayana )
- 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 of condemnMiddle English condemnen from Old French condemner from Latin condemnāre com- intensive pref. ; see com- . damnāre to sentence ( from damnum penalty )
- con·demn′er con·dem′nor
(third-person singular simple present condemns, present participle condemning, simple past and past participle condemned)
- To confer some sort of eternal divine punishment upon.
- To adjudge (a building) as being unfit for habitation.
- The house was condemned after it was badly damaged by fire.
- To scold sharply; to excoriate the perpetrators of.
- The president condemns the terrorist.
- The president condemns the terrorist attacks.
- To judicially pronounce (someone) guilty.
- To determine and declare (property) to be assigned to public use. See eminent domain
- To adjudge (food or drink) as being unfit for human consumption.
- (law) To declare (a vessel) to be forfeited to the government, to be a prize, or to be unfit for service.
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.