Definitions for condemnkənˈdɛm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure.

  2. to sentence to punishment, esp. a severe punishment:

    to condemn a murderer to death.

  3. to pronounce to be guilty.

  4. to force into a specified, usu. unhappy state:

    condemned by lack of education to a life of poverty.

  5. to give grounds for convicting or censuring:

    His acts condemn him.

  6. to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service:

    to condemn an old building.

  7. acquire ownership of for a public purpose under the right of eminent domain.

    Category: Law

Origin of condemn:

1350–1400; ME condempnen < AF, OF condem(p)ner < L condemnāre. See con -, damn

con•demn′er-ˈdɛm ər; -ˈdɛm ər, -dɛmˈnɔr(n.)con•dem′nor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. condemn, reprobate, decry, objurgate, excoriate(verb)

    express strong disapproval of

    "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated"

  2. condemn(verb)

    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation

    "The building was condemned by the inspector"

  3. condemn(verb)

    compel or force into a particular state or activity

    "His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence"

  4. condemn(verb)

    demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

    "Her strange behavior condemned her"

  5. sentence, condemn, doom(verb)

    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

    "He was condemned to ten years in prison"

  6. condemn(verb)

    appropriate (property) for public use

    "the county condemned the land to build a highway"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. condemn(verb)ənˈdɛm

    to express strong disapproval

    Police condemned the attacks.

  2. condemnənˈdɛm

    to give punishment

    to condemn him to death

  3. condemnənˈdɛm

    to state officially that a building must be knocked down

    ***Officials condemned the school.


  1. condemn(Verb)

    To confer some sort of eternal divine punishment upon.

  2. condemn(Verb)

    To adjudge (a building) as being unfit for habitation.

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

  3. condemn(Verb)

    To scold sharply; to excoriate the perpetrators of.

  4. condemn(Verb)

    To judicially pronounce (someone) guilty.

  5. condemn(Verb)

    To determine and declare (property) to be assigned to public use. See eminent domain

  6. condemn(Verb)

    To adjudge (food or drink) as being unfit for human consumption.

  7. condemn(Verb)

    To declare (a vessel) to be forfeited to the government, to be a prize, or to be unfit for service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condemn(verb)

    to pronounce to be wrong; to disapprove of; to censure

  2. Condemn(verb)

    to declare the guilt of; to make manifest the faults or unworthiness of; to convict of guilt

  3. Condemn(verb)

    to pronounce a judicial sentence against; to sentence to punishment, suffering, or loss; to doom; -- with to before the penalty

  4. Condemn(verb)

    to amerce or fine; -- with in before the penalty

  5. Condemn(verb)

    to adjudge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service; to adjudge or pronounce to be forfeited; as, the ship and her cargo were condemned

  6. Condemn(verb)

    to doom to be taken for public use, under the right of eminent domain

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'condemn' in Verbs Frequency: #653

Translations for condemn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to criticize as morally wrong or evil

Everyone condemned her for being cruel to her child.

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