Condemn meaning

kən-dĕm'
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.

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To express strong disapproval of.

Condemned the needless waste of food.

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To judge or declare to be unfit for use or consumption, usually by official order.

Condemn an old building.

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To pronounce judgment against; sentence.

Condemned the felons to prison.

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To force (someone) to experience, endure, or do something.
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To confer some sort of eternal divine punishment upon.
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To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against.

Were condemned by their actions.

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To appropriate (property) for public use.
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To pass an adverse judgment on; disapprove of strongly; censure.
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To take (private property) for public use by the power of eminent domain; expropriate.
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To declare unfit for use or service.

To condemn a slum tenement.

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To expropriate private property, usually land, for public use. See also appropriation and eminent domain.
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To adjudge someone guilty of a crime or to impose sentence, especially a severe penalty such as death or life imprisonment.
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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.
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To adjudge (a building) as being unfit for habitation.

The house was condemned after it was badly damaged by fire.

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To scold sharply; to excoriate the perpetrators of.

The president condemns the terrorist.

The president condemns the terrorist attacks.

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To judicially pronounce (someone) guilty.
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To determine and declare (property) to be assigned to public use. See eminent domain.
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To adjudge (food or drink) as being unfit for human consumption.
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(law) To declare (a vessel) to be forfeited to the government, to be a prize, or to be unfit for service.
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Origin of condemn

  • Middle English condemnen from Old French condemner from Latin condemnāre com- intensive pref. com– damnāre to sentence (from damnum penalty)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French condamner, from Latin condemnāre (“to sentence, condemn, blame”), from com- + damnāre (“to harm, condemn, damn”), from damnum (“damage, injury, loss”).
    From Wiktionary