Con·demn v. t. [imp. & p. p. Condemned p. pr. & vb. n. Condemning ]
1. To pronounce to be wrong; to disapprove of; to censure.
Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it!
Why, every fault's condemned ere it be done. --Shak.
Wilt thou condemn him that is most just? --Job xxxiv. 17.
2. To declare the guilt of; to make manifest the faults or unworthiness of; to convict of guilt.
The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it. --Matt. xii. 42.
3. To pronounce a judicial sentence against; to sentence to punishment, suffering, or loss; to doom; -- with to before the penalty.
Driven out from bliss, condemned
In this abhorred deep to utter woe. --Milton.
To each his sufferings; all are men,
Condemned alike to groan. --Gray.
And they shall condemn him to death. --Matt. xx. 18.
The thief condemned, in law already dead. --Pope.
No flocks that range the valley free,
To slaughter I condemn. --Goldsmith.
4. To amerce or fine; -- with in before the penalty.
The king of Egypt . . . condemned the land in a hundred talents of silver. --2 Cron. xxxvi. 3.
5. To adjudge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service; to adjudge or pronounce to be forfeited; as, the ship and her cargo were condemned.
6. Law To doom to be taken for public use, under the right of eminent domain.
Syn: -- To blame; censure; reprove; reproach; upbraid; reprobate; convict; doom; sentence; adjudge.
v 1: express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in
South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated" [syn: reprobate,
decry, objurgate, excoriate]
2: declare or judge unfit; "The building was condemned by the
3: compel or force into a particular state or activity; "His
devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely
4: demonstrate the guilt of (someone); "Her strange behavior
5: pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He
was condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: sentence, doom]