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."

Definitions of condemn
  1. verb
    express strong disapproval of
    “We condemn the racism in South Africa”
    synonyms: decry, excoriate, objurgate, reprobate
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    type of:
    denounce
    speak out against
  2. verb
    demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
    “Her strange behavior condemned her”
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    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
  3. verb
    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
    “He was condemned to ten years in prison”
    synonyms: doom, sentence
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    types:
    foredoom
    doom beforehand
    reprobate
    abandon to eternal damnation
    type of:
    declare
    state emphatically and authoritatively
  4. verb
    compel or force into a particular state or activity
    “His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence”
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    type of:
    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  5. verb
    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
    “The building was condemned by the inspector”
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    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
  6. verb
    appropriate (property) for public use
    “the county condemned the land to build a highway”
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    type of:
    attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester
    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
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