Condemnation

(redirected from condemn)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.

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 ?
Suppose an article had been introduced into the Constitution, empowering the United States to regulate the elections for the particular States, would any man have hesitated to condemn it, both as an unwarrantable transposition of power, and as a premeditated engine for the destruction of the State governments?
I have had the worst possible opinion of women for years past," Alban resumed; "and the only reason I can give for it condemns me out of my own mouth.
Perhaps Bacon could not have saved his friend from death, but had he used his wit to try at least to save instead of helping to condemn, he would have kept his own name from a dark blot.
I did not condemn him through hearsay or doubtful evidence, and that is why I made no charge.
Do you also join with my enemies to crush me, to condemn me as a murderer?
We condemn and deplore the terrorist attacks in Paris, which emphasize that fighting terrorism calls for international efforts to eliminate it in all countries," Abadi said in a statement.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said in a statement "I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Paris, India stands firmly by France.
but when I see violence like the killing of three innocent Israelis I am going to condemn it -- like we condemned the settler violence against a Palestinian family [in the village of Douma].
JEREMY Corbyn was criticised by families of terror victims yesterday after refusing to condemn outright the IRA's actions.
On behalf of my people, I curse and condemn the perpetrators of this brutality," he said.
We strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack and reiterate our repudiation of any such assault on freedom of speech, even speech that mocks faiths and religious figures.
I strongly condemn the new act of violence in East Eker on July 4 and I am deeply saddened to learn that the on-duty policeman Mahmood Fareed injured has since succumbed to his injuries," said Ms Taufmann.