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English definition of “condemn”


verb [T] (CRITICIZE)   /kənˈdem/
to criticize something or someone strongly, usually for moral reasons: The movie was condemned for glorifying violence. condemnation    /ˌkɑn·dəmˈneɪ·ʃən, -dem-/ noun [U] The statement brought swift condemnation from world leaders.
(Definition of condemn verb (CRITICIZE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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