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condemn

con·demn

condemn

 
 
pronunciation:
kn dem
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: condemned, condemning, condemns
definition 1: to express extreme disapproval of; declare to be wrong, inadequate, or evil.
In tonight's speech, the mayor condemned the recent acts of violence that have occurred in the city.
synonyms:
censure, criminate, damn, decry, proscribe
antonyms:
absolve, acclaim, approve, condone, pardon, praise
similar words:
blacklist, blame, blast, chastise, denounce, deplore, disapprove, reprehend, vilify, vituperate
definition 2: to order punishment to be given to; convict or sentence.
The judge condemned her to prison.
synonyms:
convict, doom, sentence
antonyms:
absolve, acquit
similar words:
criminate, damn, indict
definition 3: to force or propel into an undesirable state or into engagement in unpleasant activity.
Her unfortunate marriage to this cruel man condemned her to a life of suffering.The accident condemned him to wear a neck brace for the rest of his life.Prejudice and lack of education condemned these immigrants to toil in the sweatshops.
similar words:
destine, doom
definition 4: to declare by official order (something, such as a building) to be unsuitable or unfit for use.
The old building has been condemned by the fire department and will soon be torn down.
similar words:
board up, close
definition 5: to declare (land or property) to be available for public use under the right of eminent domain.
This land and the buildings upon it have been condemned by the city.
synonyms:
expropriate
similar words:
annex, appropriate, confiscate, seize, usurp
derivations: condemnable (adj.), condemnably (adv.), condemningly (adv.)
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