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


Related topics: Building
con‧demn [transitive]


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.


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

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.

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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