condemn

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 condemnation noun condemnatory adjective.
ORIGIN Latin condemnare, from damnare 'inflict loss on' .

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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 — 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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