Definitions for condonekənˈdoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•donekənˈdoʊn(v.t.)-doned, -don•ing.

  1. to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, etc.).

  2. to give tacit approval to:

    By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.

  3. to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse.

Origin of condone:

1615–25, but in general currency from its use in the British Divorce Act of 1857; < L condōnāre to absolve, grant pardon =con-con - +dōnāre to give; see donate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. excuse, condone(verb)

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

    "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"


  1. condone(Verb)

    To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).

  2. condone(Verb)

    To allow, accept or permit (something).

  3. condone(Verb)

    To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).

  4. Origin: * From condono, con- + donare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condone(verb)

    to pardon; to forgive

  2. Condone(verb)

    to pardon; to overlook the offense of; esp., to forgive for a violation of the marriage law; -- said of either the husband or the wife

Anagrams of condone

  1. endocon

Translations for condone

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to excuse or forgive

He could not condone lying.

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