Definition of condone in US English:



  • 1with object, often with negative Accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive) to continue.

    ‘the college cannot condone any behavior that involves illicit drugs’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this behaviour is condoned by almost everyone.’
    • ‘No matter where you are from, you cannot condone this behaviour.’
    • ‘This type of behaviour can never be condoned and the match officials must ensure that a repeat of such behaviour will never happen again.’
    • ‘It is not desirable, but while not condoning the behaviour you try and counsel her and direct her to the parents.’
    • ‘‘Obviously this sort of behaviour should not be condoned,’ he said.’
    • ‘If people are attracted into a particular structure and the structure allows and condones criminal behaviour, when does that cross over into actually being a criminal organisation?’
    • ‘We are appalled at the irresponsible attitude you have displayed in condoning such anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘She was not condoning loutish behaviour, but expressing concern for the much-vaunted evening economy - a favourite phrase I believe, of Bolton Council.’
    • ‘I am not condoning the behaviour of these ignorant people, but merely discussing some of the reasons for this behaviour.’
    • ‘But, Dylan asks, why do some Catholics think this means that the Church condones their worldly behaviour?’
    • ‘How can a club promote acceptance and anti - racism if - though not openly condoning his behaviour - they are willing to pay his wages and the best part of £4 million for his services?’
    • ‘From this evidence it is clear that homosexuality is not accepted or condoned by society in Bangladesh and it is not possible to live openly as a homosexual in Bangladesh.’
    • ‘A prime minister who condones that behaviour or who does not realise it is happening diminishes himself and his government.’
    • ‘Yes, he did go over the top and such behaviour cannot be condoned, though in the circumstances it is hardly to be wondered at.’
    • ‘We're never asked to identify with Walter, to fully understand his impulses, or condone his past behaviour.’
    • ‘Paedophilia, bestiality, sadomasochism are not behaviours society condones.’
    • ‘The complainants objected that the advertisements were offensive and condoned violent and anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘Although we can't condone such fraudulent behaviour, it must come as a relief to his family to see him in gainful employment at last.’
    • ‘The concept of secrets leads on to group behaviours that are condoned but not desirable.’
    • ‘Quickly becoming public enemy No1 for condoning Roy Keane's behaviour, Dunphy predicted Ireland were not good enough and at half-time warned of more goals against.’
    deliberately ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, take no account of, accept, allow, make allowances for, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget, wink at, blink at, connive at
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    1. 1.1 Approve or sanction (something), especially with reluctance.
      ‘the practice is not officially condoned by any airline’
      • ‘Officials have declared that the memo had no practical impact on interrogation techniques, and the president himself made a direct statement denying ever authorizing or condoning the use of torture.’
      • ‘If we maintain abortion, then we lose the sanctity of life by condoning the death of an unborn human being as a typical surgical operation.’
      • ‘This was not a school agreed protest and we did not sanction this or condone it in any way.’
      • ‘Most such marriages, however irregular their original arrangements, were sooner or later accepted and sometimes even condoned by the king.’
      • ‘The same would apply to members of other parties who deny that they approved of or condoned the deeds done by their members.’
      • ‘We don't often condone active political behaviour here at Directory but the least you can do is be part of the election.’
      • ‘The King himself condoned extramarital behaviour and had at least one lover of whom his wife was well aware.’
      • ‘‘Regardless of whether he is a professional there is no way that sort of behaviour should be condoned,’ he said.’
      • ‘As president, Jefferson authorized or condoned a variety of federal aids to religion.’
      • ‘Only with great reluctance does Moses condone the possible introduction of a monarchy in the future.’
      • ‘The carnage was tacitly condoned by public officials and law enforcement officers.’
      • ‘The report reluctantly condones car sharing, provided that the subjects of this report - the so-called socially excluded - don't own one themselves.’
      • ‘The difference is with a spiral approach, the program expects, plans, and condones different configurations, allowing capability to be fielded more quickly.’
      • ‘Equally, I do not condone the supply of arms to such regimes, sanctioned by our own successive governments.’
      • ‘And indeed, the applicant in this case, one of the fundamental claims in this case was by the applicant, that the Ukraine State was positively condoning such behaviour that had been inflicted upon him.’
      • ‘A former CIA director has exclusively told ITV News that torture is condoned and even approved by HIS government.’
      • ‘What indeed - there's nothing in journalism's unwritten Geneva Convention that condones such behaviour.’
      • ‘However, it did find that the state was in no way complicit in, nor did it encourage or condone, such behaviour.’
      • ‘Several Taiwanese businessmen who work there condemned the authorities yesterday for apparently condoning crimes against them.’
      • ‘Indeed, if painlessly killing and eating the explorer were the only way for the family to survive, then perhaps this action would be morally condoned.’
      approve, sanction, give the stamp of approval to, underwrite, justify, vindicate, endorse, support, back, ratify, confirm, warrant, permit, allow, accredit, authorize, legitimize, legitimatize
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Mid 19th century: from Latin condonare ‘refrain from punishing’, from con- ‘altogether’ + donare ‘give’.