1. To express strong disapproval of: condemned the needless waste of food.
2. To pronounce judgment against; sentence: condemned the felons to prison.
3. To judge or declare to be unfit for use or consumption, usually by official order: condemn an old building.
4. To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against: were condemned by their actions.
5. Law To appropriate (property) for public use.
[Middle English condemnen, from Old French condemner, from Latin condemnre : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + damnre, to sentence (from damnum, penalty).]
con·demna·tory(-n-t?r, -tr) adj.
con·demner(-dmr), con·demnor(-dmr, -dm-n?r) n.
Synonyms: condemn, damn, doom, sentence These verbs mean to determine the punishment or destiny of one found to be guilty or undeserving: condemned the dissident to hard labor; damned the murderer to everlasting misery; an attempt that was doomed to failure; sentenced the traitor to life in prison. See Also Synonyms at criticize.
condemn /kndm/ v. [T] 1 to find legally guilty or unfit: The judge condemned the criminal to life in prison.||He condemned the old house as unfit to live in.2 to express disapproval of s.o. or s.t. strongly: The wife condemned her husband for drinking too much.-n. [C;U] condemnation /kndmnen, dm/.