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1  —as in:
She condemned their plan
Definition express strong criticism
  • We condemn racism wherever it is found.
condemn = strongly criticize
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The United Nations condemned North Korea's development of nuclear weapons.
  • condemned = strongly criticized
  • She condemned his behavior as reckless.
  • condemned = strongly criticized
  • If this be an ordered selfishness, then we should pause before we condemn any one for the vice of egoism, for there may be deeper root for its causes than we have knowledge of.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • condemn = criticize
  • London's fervent condemnation of capitalist society, his glorification of the primordial world, his championing of the great unwashed, all of it mirrored McCandless's passions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • condemnation = strong criticism
  • At some table a document is signed by some persons whom none of us knows, and then for years together that very crime on which formerly the world's condemnation and severest penalty fall, becomes our highest aim.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • condemnation = strong criticism
  •   PROCTOR: Why'd you let her? You heard me forbid her to go to Salem any more!
      ELIZABETH: I couldn't stop her.
      PROCTOR, holding back a full condemnation of her: It is a fault, it is a fault, Elizabeth—you're the mistress here, not Mary Warren.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • condemnation = expression of strong criticism
  • The condemner and the condemned.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • But somewhere along the way somebody wrote a new set of rules condemning all that.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • condemning = expressing strong criticism
  • I have had the satisfaction of having many who once condemned me thank me heartily for my frank words.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
condemned = strongly criticized

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2  —as in:
was condemned to life in prison
Definition force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment


find guilty — especially in court


provide the means of finding guilty
  • The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her devotion to her sick husband condemned her to a lonely existence
  • condemned = forced into an undesired situation
  • He was condemned to ten years in prison.
  • According to the law ... prisoner Number... is condemned to death.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • condemned = sentenced (assigned legal punishment)
  • Eleven years ago you created a legend about three men who had been condemned to death for treachery.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
  • DANFORTH: And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • condemned = sentenced (assigned legal punishment)
  • On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, one might dream of rescue; but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned, one was— Simon was speaking almost in his ear.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • condemned = forced into an undesired situation
  • "It wasn't because I'd been condemned to death," he said,
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
  • ...had been already tried by a summary court and condemned to death;
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • condemned = legally sentenced someone to punishment
  • April is condemned with the rest of us; Adam is to be saved.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
condemned = forced into a bad situation

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3  —as in:
condemned the building
Definition an official government finding that a building is not suitable to be occupied
  • The building was condemned by the inspector.
condemned = found a building not suitable to be occupied
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Homeless people used to sleep there, but the building was condemned as unsafe and torn down.
  • condemned = found a building not suitable to be occupied
  • Since then Deering Highlands has been a ghost town: avoided, forgotten, condemned.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
condemned = declared not suitable for occupation

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Less commonly:
In law, condemn can also refer to a legal real estate procedure in which the government forces someone to sell property to the government.
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