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English verb: condemn

1. condemn (communication) express strong disapproval of

SamplesWe condemn the racism in South Africa.
These ideas were reprobated.

Synonymsdecry, excoriate, objurgate, reprobate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)denounce

2. condemn (communication) declare or judge unfit for use or habitation

SamplesThe building was condemned by the inspector.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)boo, explode, hiss

Entailevaluate, judge, pass judgment

3. condemn (social) compel or force into a particular state or activity

SamplesHis devotion to his sick wife condemned him to a lonely existence.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

4. condemn (perception) demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

SamplesHer strange behavior condemned her.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest

Narrower (hyponym)attaint

5. condemn (communication) pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

SamplesHe was condemned to ten years in prison.

ExamplesThey want to condemn the prisoners

Synonymsdoom, sentence

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)foredoom, reprobate


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. condemn (possession) appropriate (property) for public use

SamplesThe county condemned the land to build a highway.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester

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