Definition of condemnation in US English:



  • 1The expression of very strong disapproval; censure.

    ‘there was strong international condemnation of the attack’
    • ‘There is much about rehearsals, interpretations, recommendations or condemnations of performers.’
    • ‘There was also condemnation in the Middle East of the kidnapping.’
    • ‘The ambivalence stems from Wittgenstein's admiration of Freud combined with his staunch condemnation of psychoanalytic theory.’
    • ‘For example, he would have been aware of the condemnation by the Northern General Baptist Convention in 1920 of liberal tendencies among Baptists.’
    • ‘The hearings drew thousands of citizens and close to universal condemnation of the rule changes.’
    • ‘We ask you to add your voice to the growing chorus of condemnation of Australia's refugee program.’
    • ‘Yet the response to its plan to shut facilities at the Barbican Centre or Yearsley has prompted a tidal wave of condemnation.’
    • ‘Despite his attempts to calm spirits, Dieudonné met with widespread condemnation.’
    • ‘A glimmer of either joyful revelry, criticism, or downright condemnation.’
    • ‘We only listen, even if there is some bitterness and judgment and condemnation in your speech.’
    • ‘Without exception, those who concoct these systems exempt themselves from condemnation.’
    • ‘He struck a more populist note in his outspoken condemnation of the French resumption of nuclear testing at Mururoa in 1995.’
    • ‘Livnat has also awarded the Israel Prize to a scientist who spoke out sharply in condemnation of homosexuals.’
    • ‘The disclosures last night provoked renewed condemnation of Britain's multibillion-pound arms industry for selling to both sides in the escalating Kashmir crisis.’
    • ‘They are owed our admiration, certainly not condemnation.’
    • ‘Most telling about the agenda of Human Rights Watch is the joint NGO statement of condemnation regarding the Beslan terrorist massacre.’
    • ‘Not a word of condemnation, criticism or even impartial reminder of her responsibility.’
    • ‘We can have anger without hate, discernment without judgment and condemnation and expression without suppression.’
    • ‘The article is accompanied by condemnation from Nationalist politicians.’
    • ‘But his defence did little to defuse the anger of critics, and the blogosphere was filled with condemnation for the paper.’
    censure, criticism, castigation, stricture, denunciation, damnation, vilification, opprobrium
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  • 2The action of condemning someone to a punishment; sentencing.

    • ‘As a result, they repeatedly solicited papal bulls condemning Jansenist works, and persecuted priests who refused formally to accept the condemnations.’
    • ‘The condemnation was accompanied by the ritual call for a ceasefire and for so-called UN peacekeeping forces to be sent to occupy the region.’
    • ‘All the time he was under condemnation at Newgate he seemed only to meditate on making his escape.’
    • ‘Condemnation of the serial killer has been matched by criticism of the ineffective work of the local police and school headmasters.’