American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To express strong disapproval of: condemned the needless waste of food.
- v. To pronounce judgment against; sentence: condemned the felons to prison.
- v. To judge or declare to be unfit for use or consumption, usually by official order: condemn an old building.
- v. To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against: were condemned by their actions.
- v. Law To appropriate (property) for public use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pronounce judgment against; express or feel strong disapprobation of; hold to be positively wrong, reprehensible, intolerable, etc.: used either of persons or things, with as, for, or on account of before an expressed ground of condemnation: as, to condemn a person for bad conduct, or as (sometimes colloquially for) a blackguard; to condemn an action for or on account of its injurious tendency.
- To serve for the condemnation of; afford occasion for condemning: as, his very looks condemn him.
- To convict: with of.
- To pronounce to be guilty, as opposed to acquit or absolve; more specifically, to sentence to punishment; utter sentence against judicially; doom: the penalty, when expressed, being in the infinitive, or a noun or noun-phrase preceded by to: as, to condemn a person to pay a fine, or to imprisonment.
- [Formerly the expression to condemn in a fine was used.
- To demonstrate the guilt of, by comparison and contrast.
- To judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service: as, the ship was condemned as unseaworthy; the provisions were condemned by the commissary.
- To judge or pronounce to be forfeited; specifically, to declare (a vessel) a lawful prize: as, the ship and her cargo were condemned.
- To pronounce, by judicial authority, subject to use for a public purpose. See condemnation, 1 . Synonyms To censure, blame, reprove, reproach, reprobate.
- v. transitive To confer some sort of eternal divine punishment upon.
- v. transitive To adjudge (a building) as being unfit for habitation.
- v. transitive To scold sharply; to excoriate the perpetrators of.
- v. transitive To judicially pronounce (someone) guilty.
- v. transitive To determine and declare (property) to be assigned to public use. See eminent domain
- v. transitive To adjudge (food or drink) as being unfit for human consumption.
- v. transitive, law To declare (a vessel) to be forfeited to the government, to be a prize, or to be unfit for service.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pronounce to be wrong; to disapprove of; to censure.
- v. To declare the guilt of; to make manifest the faults or unworthiness of; to convict of guilt.
- v. To pronounce a judicial sentence against; to sentence to punishment, suffering, or loss; to doom; -- with
tobefore the penalty.
- v. To amerce or fine; -- with
inbefore the penalty.
- v. To adjudge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service; to adjudge or pronounce to be forfeited.
- v. (Law) To doom to be taken for public use, under the right of eminent domain.
- v. declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
- v. appropriate (property) for public use
- v. demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
- v. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
- v. compel or force into a particular state or activity
- v. express strong disapproval of
- From Latin condemnare ("to sentence, condemn, blame"), from com- + damnare ("to harm, condemn, damn"), from damnum ("loss"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English condemnen, from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnāre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + damnāre, to sentence (from damnum, penalty). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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