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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excuse, condoneverb

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

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


  1. condoneverb

    To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).

    Etymology: * From condono, con- + donare.

  2. condoneverb

    To allow, accept or permit (something).

    Etymology: * From condono, con- + donare.

  3. condoneverb

    To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).

    Etymology: * From condono, con- + donare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Condoneverb

    to pardon; to forgive

    Etymology: [L. condonare, -donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con- + donare to give. See Donate.]

  2. Condoneverb

    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

    Etymology: [L. condonare, -donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con- + donare to give. See Donate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Condone

    kon-dōn′, v.t. to forgive: to pass over.—n. Condonā′tion, forgiveness: in the legal phraseology of Britain and the United States, forgiveness granted by the injured party, which may be urged by the guilty party as a defence against an action of divorce on the ground of adultery. [L. con, inten., donāre, to give. See Donation.]

Editors Contribution


    to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, or the like);to give tacit approval to;to pardon or forgive (an offense);to cause the condonation of; justify the pardoning of (an offense).Law. to forgive or act so as to imply forgiveness of (a violation of the marriage vow);To grant forgiveness to or for:excuse,remit.Idiom: forgive and forget.overlook,wink at.to ignore or accept behavior that some people consider wrong:disregard,turn a blind eye to,look the other way,make allowance for,let pass.to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless;blink (at), brush (aside or off), discount, gloss (over),gloze (over),overpass, paper over, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, whitewash;make allowances for; be lenient with;To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).to approve of behaviour that most people think is wrong:To express or give approval,approve,recommend,consent.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 14, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of condone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of condone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of condone in a Sentence

  1. Arvind Krishna:

    We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies, iBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values.

  2. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images:

    Let me first start off by saying I do not condone the use of the N-word by any non-black person. That included all Latinos, thats not our word.

  3. David Gee:

    Would I condone somebody within our organization to talk about white power ? I absolutely would not. I would absolutely condemn that.

  4. Gwen Carr:

    I don't condone violence, but I understand it.

  5. Polly Neate:

    The club has a responsibility to look at who it is hiring in high-profile positions, and consider whether a convicted rapist, who continues to protest that he's done nothing wrong and whose case has attracted widespread victim-blaming language, is someone that they want to be representing their brand, it's important that high profile institutions take a stand about the seriousness of rape as a crime, and do not in any way condone the blaming of victims of rape, or participate in a culture which trivializes violence against women.

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