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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
  • He condemned openly Mr. Brown's policy of compromise and accommodation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • condemned = strongly criticized
  • When my father condemned doctors as minions of Satan, Richard turned to Kami and gave a small laugh, as if Dad were joking.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • condemned = strongly criticized
  • A moment's silence passed, and then Stacey, his eyes cold and condemning, said quietly, "It was you all right, T.J. It was you."
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • condemning = expressing strong criticism
  • They little guessed what deadly purport lurked in those self-condemning words.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • condemning = expressing strong criticism of
  • The next day he went on a live show on the Voice of America and angrily condemned the attacks.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • condemned = strongly criticized
  • There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes to condemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • condemn = criticize
  • On the front porch where she had come to weigh them quietly with her eyes, her quietness a condemnation, the woman stood motionless.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
condemnation = expression of strong criticism
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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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 (and sometimes to death)


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
  • Her strange behavior condemned her in they eyes of the community.
  • condemned = proved guilt
  • He was condemned to ten years in prison.
  • condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
  • According to the law ... prisoner Number... is condemned to death.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • condemned = sentenced (assigned legal punishment)
  •   Condemned villain, I do apprehend thee;
      Obey, and go with me; for thou must die.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • condemned = found legally guilty
  • Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • condemn = force into an undesired situation
  • 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)
  • Can we condemn her to a life imprisonment just to satisfy our own greed?
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • condemn = force into an undesired situation
  • A single touch would kill a mortal instantly, condemn a great god to an eternity of torment.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
condemn = force into an undesired 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
  • I began to dread those calls, since every time we heard from them, there was a new problem: a mudslide had washed away what was left of the stairs; our neighbors the Freemans were trying to get the house condemned; Maureen had fallen off the porch and gashed her head.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • condemned = an official government finding that a building is 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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