condemnation

Condemnation is the act of declaring something awful or evil. If your little brother does something unspeakably awful, express your condemnation so he will learn not to do it again.

Condemnation comes from the verb condemn, "to strongly disapprove." You might criticize something that you still think is worthwhile, but if you express condemnation, that’s laying a heavy moral blame. Condemnation is used in law, and means the same thing as sentencing; you might have heard a judge say “I condemn you to ten years of hard labor.” Also, a very dangerous building will be sealed up and deemed uninhabitable by an act of condemnation.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: condemnation

1
n
an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
2
n
an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
3
n
(criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
4
n
(law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use (as a food product or an unsafe building)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: condemnation
1

n an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable

“his uncompromising condemnation of racism”
Synonyms:
disapprobation
Antonyms:
approbation
official recognition or approval
Types:
animadversion, censure
harsh criticism or disapproval
demonisation, demonization
to represent as diabolically evil
interdict
an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district
Type of:
disapproval
the expression of disapproval

n the condition of being strongly disapproved of

“he deserved nothing but condemnation
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time
2

n an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group

Synonyms:
curse, execration
Types:
anathema
a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
imprecation, malediction
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
Type of:
denouncement, denunciation
a public act of denouncing
3

n (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

Synonyms:
conviction, judgment of conviction, sentence
Antonyms:
acquittal
a judgment of not guilty
Types:
murder conviction
conviction for murder
rape conviction
conviction for rape
robbery conviction
conviction for robbery
Type of:
final decision, final judgment
a judgment disposing of the case before the court; after the judgment (or an appeal from it) is rendered all that remains is to enforce the judgment
4

n (law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use (as a food product or an unsafe building)

Type of:
disapproval
the act of disapproving or condemning
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