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To Conde'mn. v.a. [condemno, Latin.]

  1. To find guilty; to doom to punishment; contrary to absolve.

    My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
    And every tongue brings in a sev'ral tale,
    And ev'ry tale condemns me for a villain.
    Shakesp. Rich. III.

                        Is he found guilty? ——
    —— Yes truly, is he, and condemn'd upon 't.
    Sh. Hen. VIII.

    Considered as a judge, it condemns where it ought to absolve, and pronounces absolution where it ought to condemn. Fiddes's Sermons.

  2. It has to before the punishment.

    The son of man shall be betrayed unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death. Mat. xx. 18.

  3. To censure; to blame; to declare criminal; contrary to approve.

                        Who then shall blame
    His pester'd senses to recoil and start,
    When all that is within him does condemn
    Itself for being there?
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    The poet who flourished in the scene, is condemned in the ruelle. Dryden's Æn. Preface.

    He who was so unjust as to do his brother an injury, will scarce be so just as to condemn himself for it. Locke.

    They who approve my conduct in this particular, are much more numerous than those who condemn it. Spectator, №. 488.

  4. To fine.

    And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in a hundred talents of silver. 2 Chro.

  5. To show guilt by contrast.

    The righteous that is dead shall condemn the ungodly which are living. Wisd. iv. 16.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Chronicles (5) · Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Fiddes, Richard (2) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · The Bible - Matthew (21) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40) · Spectator (140) · The Bible - Wisdom (12)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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