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condemn

verb [T]  /kənˈdem/ us  

condemn verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

to criticize something or someone strongly, usually for moral reasons: The movie was condemned for glorifying violence.

condemn verb [T] (PUNISH)

to severely punish someone who has committed a crime, or to force someone to suffer: Those who remember the past are not condemned to repeat it. Illness condemned her to spend her remaining days in a home.

condemn verb [T] (CALL NOT SAFE)

to decide officially that a building is not safe for people to use
condemnation
noun [U]  /ˌkɑn·dəmˈneɪ·ʃən, -dem-/ us  
The statement brought swift condemnation from world leaders.
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