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.

Definitions of condemnation
  1. noun
    an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
    “his uncompromising condemnation of racism”
    synonyms: disapprobation
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    official recognition or approval
    animadversion, censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
    demonisation, demonization
    to represent as diabolically evil
    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:
    the expression of disapproval
  2. noun
    the condition of being strongly disapproved of
    “he deserved nothing but condemnation
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    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  3. noun
    an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
    synonyms: curse, execration
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    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
  4. noun
    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
    synonyms: conviction, judgment of conviction, sentence
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    a judgment of not guilty
    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
  5. noun
    (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)
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    type of:
    the act of disapproving or condemning
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