Definition of condemnation in English:



  • 1The expression of very strong disapproval; censure.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Condemnation of the serial killer has been matched by criticism of the ineffective work of the local police and school headmasters.’
    • ‘As a result, they repeatedly solicited papal bulls condemning Jansenist works, and persecuted priests who refused formally to accept the condemnations.’
    • ‘All the time he was under condemnation at Newgate he seemed only to meditate on making his escape.’