What does condemn mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. condemn, reprobate, decry, objurgate, excoriateverb

    express strong disapproval of

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

  2. condemnverb

    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation

    "The building was condemned by the inspector"

  3. condemnverb

    compel or force into a particular state or activity

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

  4. condemnverb

    demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

    "Her strange behavior condemned her"

  5. sentence, condemn, doomverb

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

    "He was condemned to ten years in prison"

  6. condemnverb

    appropriate (property) for public use

    "the county condemned the land to build a highway"


  1. condemnverb

    To confer some sort of eternal divine punishment upon.

  2. condemnverb

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

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

  3. condemnverb

    To scold sharply; to excoriate the perpetrators of.

  4. condemnverb

    To judicially pronounce (someone) guilty.

  5. condemnverb

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

  6. condemnverb

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

  7. condemnverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONDEMNverb

    Etymology: condemno, Latin.

    My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a sev’ral tale,
    And ev’ry tale condemns me for a villain. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Is he found guilty? ————
    ———— Yes truly, is he, and condemn’d upon’t. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Considered as a judge, it condemns where it ought to absolve, and pronounces absolution where it ought to condemn. Richard Fiddes, Sermons.

    The son of man shall be betrayed unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death. Mat. xx. 18.

    Who then shall blame
    His pester’d senses to recoil and start,
    When all that is within him does condemn
    Itself for being there? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The poet who flourished in the scene, is condemned in the ruelle. John Dryden, Æn. Preface.

    He who was so unjust as to do his brother an injury, will scarce be so just as to condemn himself for it. John Locke.

    They who approve my conduct in this particular, are much more numerous than those who condemn it. Spectator, №. 488.

    And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver. 2 Chro.

    The righteous that is dead shall condemn the ungodly which are living. Wisd. iv. 16.


  1. condemn

    To condemn is to express strong disapproval, criticism or complete rejection of someone or something, typically relating to actions, behaviors or policies considered wrong or harmful. It can also refer to the act of imposing a serious penalty or sentencing someone to a punishment, especially in a legal context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condemnverb

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

  2. Condemnverb

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

  3. Condemnverb

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

  4. Condemnverb

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

  5. Condemnverb

    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. Condemnverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Condemn

    kon-dem′, v.t. to pronounce guilty: to censure or blame: to sentence to punishment: to give up to some fate: to pronounce unfit for use.—adj. Condem′nable, blamable.—n. Condemnā′tion, state of being condemned: blame: cause of being condemned.—adj. Condem′natory, expressing or implying condemnation.—p.adj. Condemned′, pronounced to be wrong, guilty, or useless: belonging or relating to one who is sentenced to punishment, e.g. 'condemned cell:' declared dangerous and to be removed, as a house, bridge, &c. [L. condemnāre, from con, inten., and damnāre, to damage.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of condemn in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of condemn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of condemn in a Sentence

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    Senate Republicans condemn David Duke and the KKK in the strongest terms possible.

  2. Guy Oseary:

    Our company and founders strongly condemn the spread of hate, in any form, against any group.

  3. Amama Mbabazi:

    We condemn this outrageous behavior by the state, this abuse of the state apparatus to promote the political agenda of a candidate contesting for elective office.

  4. Wendell Anthony:

    Detroit Branch NAACP president grows out of( the) past and a recognition that often is linked to buffoonery and to less than, we are outraged by this former employee's actions and condemn the behavior she chose to engage in. These type of incidents are disgusting and will never be tolerated or pushed aside at Oakland County.

  5. Jason Kenney:

    This kind of conduct is totally unacceptable, assaulting law enforcement officers who are simply doing their job to maintain public safety and the rule of law is completely unacceptable and without hesitation I condemn those actions, and I call for calm amongst anybody who feels sympathetic to those engaged in this blockade, please stay away from the area, please do not further intensify an already difficult situation.

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