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CONDEMN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does condemn mean? 

CONDEMN (verb)
  The verb CONDEMN has 5 senses:

1. express strong disapproval of
2. declare or judge unfit
3. compel or force into a particular state or activity
4. demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
5. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

  Familiarity information: CONDEMN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONDEMN (verb)


Sense 1condemn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express strong disapproval of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

condemn; decry; excoriate; objurgate; reprobate

Context examples:

We condemn the racism in South Africa / These ideas were reprobated

Hypernyms (to "condemn" is one way to...):

denounce (speak out against)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2condemn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Declare or judge unfit

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The building was condemned by the inspector

Hypernyms (to "condemn" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

"Condemn" entails doing...:

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "condemn"):

boo; hiss (show displeasure, as after a performance or speech)

explode (drive from the stage by noisy disapproval)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3condemn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compel or force into a particular state or activity

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

His devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence

Hypernyms (to "condemn" is one way to...):

compel; obligate; oblige (force or compel somebody to do something)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 4condemn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

Her strange behavior condemned her

Hypernyms (to "condemn" is one way to...):

attest; certify; demonstrate; evidence; manifest (provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "condemn"):

attaint (condemn by attainder)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 5condemn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

sentence; doom; condemn

Context example:

He was condemned to ten years in prison

Hypernyms (to "condemn" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

"Condemn" entails doing...:

convict (find or declare guilty)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "condemn"):

foredoom (doom beforehand)

reprobate (abandon to eternal damnation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They want to condemn the prisoners


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