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condemn
used in Frankenstein

15 uses
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Definition
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
  • If she is condemned, I never shall know joy more.
    Chapter 7 (96% in)
condemned = found legally guilty and sentenced to punishment (in this case, sentenced to death)
  • I beg permission to have a few witnesses examined concerning my character, and if their testimony shall not overweigh my supposed guilt, I must be condemned, although I would pledge my salvation on my innocence.
    Chapter 8 (33% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty

    (editor's note:  This is Justine when being charged for The Monster's crime.)
  • I could not sustain the horror of my situation, and when I perceived that the popular voice and the countenances of the judges had already condemned my unhappy victim, I rushed out of the court in agony.
    Chapter 8 (48% in)
  • condemned = found guilty
  • The ballots had been thrown; they were all black, and Justine was condemned.
    Chapter 8 (51% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty (in this case, sentenced to death)
  • "That evidence," he observed, "was hardly required in so glaring a case, but I am glad of it, and, indeed, none of our judges like to condemn a criminal upon circumstantial evidence, be it ever so decisive."
    Chapter 8 (54% in)
  • condemn = legally find guilty and punish
  • Do you also join with my enemies to crush me, to condemn me as a murderer?
    Chapter 8 (65% in)
  • condemn = find guilty and punish
  • Ever since I was condemned, my confessor has besieged me; he threatened and menaced, until I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was. He threatened excommunication and hell fire in my last moments if I continued obdurate.
    Chapter 8 (68% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty (in this case, sentenced to death)

    (editor's note:  This is Justine explaining why she confessed to a murder she didn't commit.)
  • I leave a sad and bitter world; and if you remember me and think of me as of one unjustly condemned, I am resigned to the fate awaiting me.
    Chapter 8 (77% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty (in this case, sentenced to death)

    (editor's note:  This is Justine after being sentenced to death for The Monster's crime.)
  • William and Justine were assassinated, and the murderer escapes; he walks about the world free, and perhaps respected. But even if I were condemned to suffer on the scaffold for the same crimes, I would not change places with such a wretch.
    Chapter 9 (57% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty and sentenced

    (editor's note:  This is Elizabeth talking to Victor.)
  • The guilty are allowed, by human laws, bloody as they are, to speak in their own defence before they are condemned.
    Chapter 10 (81% in)
  • condemned = found legally guilty
  • He was tried and condemned to death.
    Chapter 14 (11% in)
  • condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
  • The injustice of his sentence was very flagrant; all Paris was indignant; and it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation.
    Chapter 14 (13% in)
  • condemnation = being found legally guilty

    (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.)
  • They remained confined for five months before the trial took place, the result of which deprived them of their fortune and condemned them to a perpetual exile from their native country.
    Chapter 14 (71% in)
  • condemned = forced (into an undesired situation)
  • I also am unfortunate; I and my family have been condemned, although innocent; judge, therefore, if I do not feel for your misfortunes.
    Chapter 15 (90% in)
  • condemned = forced into an undesired situation
  • Shall I respect man when he condemns me?
    Chapter 17 (15% in)
condemns = forces into a bad situation
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