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Definition of condemn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condemn
    he / she / it condemns
    past simple condemned
    -ing form condemning
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    express disapproval
  1. 1condemn somebody/something (for/as something) to express very strong disapproval of someone or something, usually for moral reasons The government issued a statement condemning the killings. The editor of the newspaper was condemned as lacking integrity.
  2. someone to punishment
  3. 2[usually passive] to say what someone's punishment will be synonym sentence condemn somebody (to something) He was condemned to death for murder and later hanged. condemn somebody to do something She was condemned to hang for killing her husband.
  4. someone to difficult situation
  5. 3[usually passive] condemn somebody to something to force someone to accept a difficult or unpleasant situation synonym doom They were condemned to a life of hardship. He was condemned to spend the rest of the football season on the bench.
  6. something dangerous
  7. 4[usually passive] condemn something (as something) to say officially that something is not safe enough to be used a condemned building The old rollercoaster was condemned as a safety hazard.
  8. show guilt
  9. 5condemn somebody to show or suggest that someone is guilty of something She is condemned out of her own mouth (= her own words show that she is guilty).
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