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Topic: BUILDING

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: condemner, from Latin condemnare, from com- ( COM-) + damnare ( DAMN4)

condemn

verb
     
con‧demn [transitive]
1

disapprove

to say very strongly that you do not approve of something or someone, especially because you think it is morally wrong:
Politicians were quick to condemn the bombing.
condemn something/somebody as something
The law has been condemned as an attack on personal liberty.
condemn somebody/something for (doing) something
She knew that society would condemn her for leaving her children.
2

punish

to give someone a severe punishment after deciding they are guilty of a crime
3

force to do something

if a particular situation condemns someone to something, it forces them to live in an unpleasant way or to do something unpleasant
condemn somebody to (do) something
people condemned to a life of poverty
His occupation condemned him to spend long periods of time away from his family.
4

not safe

TB to state officially that something is not safe enough to be used:
an old house that had been condemned
condemn something as something
The pool was closed after being condemned as a health hazard.
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