If you condone something, you allow it, approve of it, or at least can live with it. Some teachers condone chewing gum, and some don't.

  • Pronunciation: /kən'don/
  • English description: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
  • Synonyms: excuse
  • Chinese Translation:  纵容(zong4 rong2)
  • Spanish Translation: condonar
  • ORIGIN: Things that are condoned are allowed, even if everyone isn't exactly thrilled about it. People often say, "I don't condone what he did, but I understand it." Condoning is like excusing something. People seem to talk more about things they don't condone than things they do condone. Your mom might say, "I don't condone you staying up till 10, but I know you need to read." That's a way of giving approval and not giving approval at the same time.


  • When those things occur, we don’t suspect other people who share their faith and ethnicity of condoning them.
  • At a rally in Alabama last month he appeared to condone, or encourage, the roughing up of a black protester.

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