Definition of condemn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈdem//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdem//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they condemn
    BrE BrE//kənˈdem//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdem//
    he / she / it condemns
    BrE BrE//kənˈdemz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdemz//
    past simple condemned
    BrE BrE//kənˈdemd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdemd//
    past participle condemned
    BrE BrE//kənˈdemd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdemd//
    -ing form condemning
    BrE BrE//kənˈdemɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈdemɪŋ//
    Types of punishment
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    express disapproval
  1. 1condemn somebody/something (for/as something) to express very strong disapproval of somebody/something, usually for moral reasons The government issued a statement condemning the killings. The editor of the newspaper was condemned as lacking integrity.
  2. somebody to punishment
  3. 2[usually passive] to say what somebody’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. See related entries: Types of punishment
  4. somebody to difficult situation
  5. 3[usually passive] condemn somebody to something to force somebody to accept a difficult or unpleasant situation synonym doom He was condemned to a life of hardship. They were condemned to spend every holiday on a rainy campsite.
  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 meat was condemned as unfit to eat.
  8. show guilt
  9. 5condemn somebody to show or suggest that somebody is guilty of something She is condemned out of her own mouth (= her own words show that she is guilty). More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  10. Word OriginMiddle English (in senses (2) and (3)): from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + damnare ‘inflict loss on’, from damnum ‘loss, damage’.Extra examples She publicly condemned the deal. She publicly condemned the opposition leader. The President specifically condemned the ads. The action has been widely condemned by human rights groups. They rightly condemn such opinions as racist.
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