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Condemn

To adjudge or find guilty of a crime and sentence. To declare a building or ship unsafe for use or occupancy. To decide that a navigable vessel is a prize or is unfit for service. To take privately owned land for public use in exchange for just compensation by virtue of the power of Eminent Domain.

condemn

v. 1) for a public agency to determine that a building is unsafe or unfit for habitation and must be torn down or rebuilt to meet building and health code requirements. 2) for a governmental agency to take private property for public use under the right of eminent domain, but constitutionally the property owner must receive just compensation. If an agreement cannot be reached then the owner is entitled to a court determination of value in a condemnation action (lawsuit), but the public body can take the property immediately upon deposit of the estimated value. 3) to sentence a convicted defendant to death. 4) send to prison. (See: condemnation action, eminent domain, capital punishment)

condemn

(Ban), verb abhor, abnegate, abrogate, bar, blackball, block, boycott, call a halt, cancel, cast aside, cast out, censor, check, counter, debar, deny, disallow, disapprove, discommode, discountenance, disfavor, disown, disqualify, embargo, enjoin, exclude, expel, forbid, forestall, frustrate, halt, hammer, impede, interdict, interrupt, keep in bounds, keep out, keep within bounds, lay an embargo on, limit, make immossible, object, obstruct, oppose, ostracize, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, put a stop to, put an embargo on, put an end to, put one's veto to, put under an injunction, put under an interdiction, put under prohibition, quash, quell, refuse, reject, repress, reprobate, restrain, restrict access, retard, seclude, shut out, stop, suppress, thwart, vetare, withhold

condemn

(Blame), verb accuse, anathematize, asperse, assail with censure, attack, berate, bring into discredit, call to account, cast blame upon, castigate, charge, chide, condemnare, criticize, culpare, declaim against, decry, denigrate, denounce, deprecate, derogate, disapprove, disdain, disparage, dispraise, execrate, find guilty, fulminate against, impeach, implicate, impugn, indict, inveigh against, pass censure on, publicly accuse, rebuke, reprehend, reproach, reprove, repudiate, take to task, upbraid, vilify, vituperare, vituperate

condemn

(Punish), verb adjudge, administer correction, bring to account, carry out a sentence, convict, damnare, deal retributive justice, discipline, doom, exact a penalty, exact retribution, execute a sentence, execute justice, impose a penalty, impose penalty, inflict penalty, inflict punishment, pass sentence on, penalize, prescribe punishment, pronounce judgment, pronounce sentence, punire, reprimand, reprove, sentence, subject to penalty, take disciplinary action

condemn

(Seize), verb accroach, acquire, arrogate, assume, assume ownership, attach, compullorily acquire, confiscate, declare to be forfeited, deprive of corporal possession, deprive of ownership, disentitle, disseise, distrain, divest of property, expropriate, foreclose, impound, impropriate, municipalize, nationalize, publicare, sequestrate, take for public use, take over, take possession, usurp
Associated concepts: eminent domain
See also: accuse, blame, cavil, censure, charge, complain, confiscate, convict, criticize, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce, discommend, disparage, execute, fault, impeach, incriminate, judge, libel, proscribe, punish, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, sentence

condemn

to pronounce judicial sentence on someone, usually one of death.