condemn

You can condemn, or openly criticize, someone who is behaving inappropriately. If you are an animal rights activist, you would probably condemn someone for wearing fur.

Condemn originally comes, through Old French, from the Latin word condemnāre, "to sentence, condemn." You may see politicians condemn each other in political ads during a campaign in hopes of improving their chances of winning an election. You also might hear of a convict being "condemned to death." In this sense of the word, to condemn still carries on its Latin meaning of "to sentence."

Primary Meanings of condemn

1.
v
express strong disapproval of
2.
v
demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
3.
v
compel or force into a particular state or activity
4.
v
declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
5.
v
appropriate (property) for public use
Full Definitions of condemn
1

v express strong disapproval of

“We condemn the racism in South Africa”
Synonyms:
decry, excoriate, objurgate, reprobate
Type of:
denounce
speak out against
2

v demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

“Her strange behavior condemned her”
Types:
attaint
condemn by attainder
Type of:
attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

v pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

“He was condemned to ten years in prison”
Synonyms:
doom, sentence
Types:
foredoom
doom beforehand
reprobate
abandon to eternal damnation
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
3

v compel or force into a particular state or activity

“His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence”
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
4

v declare or judge unfit for use or habitation

“The building was condemned by the inspector”
Types:
boo, hiss
show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
explode
drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
5

v appropriate (property) for public use

“the county condemned the land to build a highway”
Type of:
attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

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