Con*demn" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Condemned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Condemning (? ∨ )]. [L. condemnare; con- + damnare to condemn: cf. F. condamner. See Damn.]


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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