The word does not mean to approve or endorse, senses that are often attached to it. It means to pardon, forgive, overlook. You can condone an action without supporting it.

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  • condone — con·done /kən dōn/ vt con·doned, con·don·ing [Latin condonare to give away, absolve]: to pardon or overlook voluntarily Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. condone …   Law dictionary

  • Condone — Con*done , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Condoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condoning}.] [L. condonare, donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con + donare to give. See {Donate}.] 1. To pardon; to forgive. [1913 Webster] A fraud which he had either concocted or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condone — 1857, from L. condonare to give up, remit, permit, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + donare to give (see DONATION (Cf. donation)). Originally a legal term in the Matrimonial Causes Act, which made divorce a civil matter in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • condone — *excuse, forgive, pardon, remit Analogous words: disregard, overlook, forget, ignore (see NEGLECT vb): *exculpate, absolve, acquit Contrasted words: *punish, chastise, discipline, castigate, correct: condemn, denounce, censure, reprobate,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • condone — [v] make allowance for buy*, disregard, excuse, forget, forgive, give green light*, go along with, ignore, lap up*, let it come*, let it go by*, let pass*, look the other way*, nod at*, okay, overlook, pardon, pass over, remit, wink at*; concepts …   New thesaurus

  • condone — ► VERB ▪ accept or forgive (an offence or wrongdoing). DERIVATIVES condonation noun. ORIGIN Latin condonare refrain from punishing …   English terms dictionary

  • condone — [kən dōn′] vt. condoned, condoning [L condonare < com , intens. + donare, to give: see DONATION] to forgive, pardon, or overlook (an offense) condonable adj. condoner n …   English World dictionary

  • condone — verb ADVERB ▪ implicitly, tacitly VERB + CONDONE ▪ cannot ▪ We cannot condone violence of any sort. Condone is used with these nouns as the object: ↑act, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • condone — UK [kənˈdəʊn] / US [kənˈdoʊn] verb [transitive, usually in negatives] Word forms condone : present tense I/you/we/they condone he/she/it condones present participle condoning past tense condoned past participle condoned to approve of behaviour… …   English dictionary

  • condone — v. (K) I don t condone his coming late to work * * * [kən dəʊn] (K) I don t condone his coming late to work …   Combinatory dictionary

  • condone — transitive verb (condoned; condoning) Etymology: Latin condonare to absolve, from com + donare to give more at donation Date: 1805 to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless < a government …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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