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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.
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.
Condemnationbell, book, and candle
Bridge of Sighs
symbols of Catholic excommunication rite. [Christianity: Brewer Note-Book, 85]
passage from Doge’s court to execution chamber in Renaissance Venice. [Ital. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 121]
doomed to eternal death when Orpheus disobeys Hades. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 97]
Venetian receptacles for denunciations, character assassinations. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 259–260]
a Titan condemned by Zeus for giving fire to mortals. [Gk. Lit.: Prometheus Bound, Magill I, 786–788]