con|dem´na|ble


con|dem´na|ble
con|demn «kuhn DEHM», transitive verb.
1. to express strong disapproval of: »

We condemn cruelty to animals.

SYNONYM(S): denounce, censure.
2. to pronounce guilty of crime or wrong: »

The prisoner is sure to be condemned by the jury.

SYNONYM(S): convict.
3. to sentence; doom: »

The spy was condemned to death.

4. to suggest the guilt of; show to be guilty: »

His own words condemn him.

5. to declare not sound or suitable for use: »

This bridge has been condemned because it is no longer safe. The milk of the sick cows was condemned.

6. U.S. to take for public use under special provision of the law: »

All these streets have been condemned by the city to make room for the new expressway.

7. Figurative. to assign to an unhappy or unpleasant fate or condition: »

condemned in business or in arts to drudge (Alexander Pope).

8. Figurative. to declare incurable: »

No man considers himself richer because he is condemned by his physician (John Ruskin).

[< Old French condemner, learned borrowing from Latin condemnāre < com- + damnāre cause loss to, condemn < damnum loss, injury]
con|dem´na|ble, adjective.
con|demn´er, noun.
con|demn´ing|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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