condemns, condemning, condemned
1) VERB If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.

[V n] Political leaders united yesterday to condemn the latest wave of violence...

[V n for n] Graham was right to condemn his players for lack of ability, attitude and application.

[V n as n] ...a document that condemns sexism as a moral and social evil. [Also V pron-refl]

endorse, praise
2) VERB: usu passive If someone is condemned to a punishment, they are given this punishment.

[be V-ed to n] He was condemned to life imprisonment.

[V-ed] ...appeals by prisoners condemned to death.

3) VERB If circumstances condemn you to an unpleasant situation, they make it certain that you will suffer in that way.

[V n to n/-ing] Their lack of qualifications condemned them to a lifetime of boring, usually poorly-paid, work...

[V n to n/-ing] He felt condemned to being alone...

[be V-ed to-inf] Mark was condemned to do most of the work. [Also V n to-inf]

4) VERB If authorities condemn a building, they officially decide that it is not safe and must be pulled down or repaired.

[V n] State officials said the court's ruling clears the way for proceedings to condemn buildings in the area.

5) See also condemned

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • condemn — con·demn /kən dem/ vt 1: to impose a penalty on; esp: to sentence to death 2: to adjudge unfit for use or consumption 3: to declare convertible to public use under the right of eminent domain: take con·dem·nable …   Law dictionary

  • Condemn — Con*demn , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Condemned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condemning} (? or ?).] [L. condemnare; con + damnare to condemn: cf. F. condamner. See {Damn}.] 1. To pronounce to be wrong; to disapprove of; to censure. [1913 Webster] Condemn the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condemn — [kən dem′] vt. [ME condempnen < OFr condemner < L condemnare < com , intens. + damnare, to harm, condemn: see DAMN] 1. to pass an adverse judgment on; disapprove of strongly; censure 2. a) to declare to be guilty of wrongdoing; convict… …   English World dictionary

  • condemn — (v.) early 14c., condempner to blame, censure, from O.Fr. condamner to condemn (11c.), from L. condemnare to sentence, doom, blame, disapprove, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + damnare to harm, damage (see DAMN (Cf. damn)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • condemn — ► VERB 1) express complete disapproval of. 2) (usu. condemn to) sentence to a punishment, especially death. 3) force (someone) to endure something unpleasant. 4) officially declare to be unfit for use. 5) prove the guilt of. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • condemn — 1 denounce, censure, blame, reprobate, reprehend, *criticize Analogous words: *judge, adjudge: *decry, belittle, depreciate, disparage: *disapprove, deprecate Contrasted words: *commend, applaud, compliment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • condemn — has a silent final n, but this is pronounced in its derivatives condemnable, condemnation, and condemnatory …   Modern English usage

  • condemn — [v] blame, convict adjudge, belittle, blow whistle on*, call down*, castigate, censure, chide, come down on*, criticize, damn, decry, denounce, denunciate, deprecate, depreciate, disapprove, disparage, doom, find fault with, find guilty, frame,… …   New thesaurus

  • condemn — v. 1) to condemn bitterly, harshly, strongly; unfairly, unjustly 2) (D; tr.) to condemn as (they were condemned as traitors) 3) (D; tr.) to condemn for (he was condemned for stealing a horse) 4) (D; tr.) to condemn to (to condemn smb. to death;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • condemn — con|demn [kənˈdem] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(disapprove)¦ 2¦(punish)¦ 3¦(force to do something)¦ 4¦(not safe)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: condemner, from Latin condemnare, from com ( COM ) + damnare ( DAMN4)] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • condemn — verb (T) 1 DISAPPROVE to say very strongly that you do not approve of something or someone, especially because you think it is morally wrong: Politicians were quick to condemn the bombing. | condemn sth/sb as: The law has been condemned as an… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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