Condemnation


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Condemnation

A pronouncement by a legally constituted authority provided with police power, declaring a structure unfit for use or occupancy because of its threatened danger to persons or other property. Also, the judicial exercise of the right of eminent domain; taking over private property for public use, with just compensation to the owner.

condemnation

1. The process by which property of a private owner is taken for public use, without his consent, but upon the award and payment of just compensation, being in the nature of a forced sale.
2. A legal declaration that a piece of property or a building is unfit for use.

Condemnation

bell, book, and candle
symbols of Catholic excommunication rite. [Christianity: Brewer Note-Book, 85]
Bridge of Sighs
passage from Doge’s court to execution chamber in Renaissance Venice. [Ital. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 121]
Eurydice
doomed to eternal death when Orpheus disobeys Hades. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 97]
lions’ mouths
Venetian receptacles for denunciations, character assassinations. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 259–260]
Prometheus
a Titan condemned by Zeus for giving fire to mortals. [Gk. Lit.: Prometheus Bound, Magill I, 786–788]
References in classic literature ?
Before it had set in dark on the night of his condemnation, he had travelled thus far on his last way.
As the concurrence of two thirds of the Senate will be requisite to a condemnation, the security to innocence, from this additional circumstance, will be as complete as itself can desire.
Only one thing I ask of you in return, and that is that you make no sign, either of condemnation or of approbation of my words until you are safe among your own people, and that whatever sentiments you harbor toward me they be not influenced or colored by gratitude; whatever I may do to serve you will be prompted solely from selfish motives, since it gives me more pleasure to serve you than not.
I received Lanyon's condemnation partly in a dream; it was partly in a dream that I came home to my own house and got into bed.
But these two words would bring about my condemnation, divorce, exile
I burnt it, for fear that even a fragment should remain; for that letter must have led to your condemnation.
Machiavelli's strong condemnation of conspiracies may get its edge from his own very recent experience (February 1513), when he had been arrested and tortured for his alleged complicity in the Boscoli conspiracy.
He did not pass such thoughts without severe condemnation of himself.
Political judgments are generally vain formalities, for the same passions which give rise to the accusation ordain to the condemnation.
I know it may take more credit than belongs to most pocket-handkerchiefs, to maintain the problem of the virtues of a French governess--a class of unfortunate persons that seem doomed to condemnation by all the sages of our modern imaginative literature.
Not that charity only which causes us to help the needy and comfort the suffering, but that feeling of universal philanthropy which, by teaching us to love, causes us to judge with lenity all men; striking at the root of self-righteousness, and warning us to be sparing of our condemnation of others, while our own salvation is not yet secure.
But even if the Chamber of Justice should condemn them to death, the king will never ratify their condemnation, and they cannot be executed without the king's signature.