V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to criticize as wrong or immoral; 2. to assign guilt; 3. to determine unfit for public use; 4. to force someone or something into an undesirable circumstance
Synonyms: criticize, convict, sentence, doom, censure, denounce, expropriate, reprove, compel, force
Antonyms: laud, praise, acquit
Tips: When condemn is used to refer to sentencing or conviction, it is usually used in the context: "to condemn a person to prison or punishment." The same formula (to condemn someone to something) is used when condemn is intended to mean "to force or compel." When a building is described as condemned, it is no longer safe or suitable for inhabitance.
Furious, the boss condemned his employees' persistent handling of personal affairs on company time. (criticized, censured)
The criminal begged the court not to condemn him to prison, even though he admitted to lighting the condemned building on fire. (sentence, convict)
The President strongly condemned the partisan behavior of both Democrats and Republicans. (criticized, denounced)
The building was condemned by the inspector because he deemed it unsafe. (judged unfit)
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