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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Condam(p)ne, v. Also: condam(me, -dame; condamp(e, -dampt. [OF. condam(p)ner, variant of condem(p)ner, after L. dam(p)nāre.]

1. tr. To condemn (a person) judicially; to find guilty or in the wrong.(a) 1398 Acts I. 210/2.
Syn na man aw to be condampnyt qwhil he be callit & accusit
c1420 Wynt. v. 4060.
Iowys and Hethin that tyme he Gert condampne and banysyd be
a1500 Seven S. 2748.
Thy awne mouth has condampnit thé now
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 17.
Falsly condampnit befoir ane juge
1531 Bell. Boece I. 39.
The counsal wald condampne na faltouris in thay dayis
1535 Stewart 27472.
Thre riche merchandis … Quhilk wer condampnit for ane causles cryme
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1326.
I think it richt expedient He be condampnit in ane plane iudgement
a1578 Pitsc. I. 308.
Hou maister Patrick Hamiltoun was condampnit
1596 Dalr. II. 274/30.
Quhair Lenox with commoun consent is condamnet of trasoune contrare the kingis maiestie
(b) a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 426.
Witnes to him condampe thai brocht
1549 Compl. 9/18.
I condampe my self, in sa far as [etc.]
Ib. 117/24.
The senaturs … had nocht sufficient probatione to condamp hym
1562-3 Winȝet I. 98/4.
Sua ȝe condemne [v.r. condampe] nocht of superstitioun … a Christiane man
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 177.
Quhen he is dead, his conscience sall accuse him, And him condamp
a1578 Pitsc. II. 139/15.
Dauid Beattoun … quho causit to condamp thame for arracie and burne thair picturis
(c) 1535 Stewart 45199.
All the laue appreuit hes the same To curs and widdill, warie and condame, Bayth ill and gude
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1316.
Gif sa be that he be found the same, Than be ordour lat the Law him condame
1562-3 Winȝet I. 123/21.
How can ȝe be ressoun condemne [v.r. condam] of idolatrie all our elderis?

b. To adjudge or sentence to death or other punishment. 1397 Acts I. 208/1.
Gif he be taynt with the assise for sic a trespassoure, he sal be condampnit to the deid
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 3114.
For that caus syne to exile He was condampned
c1420 Wynt. v. 1202.
At his petityowne Trajanys saule wes owt off hell, Quhare it condamnyd wes to duell
1456 Hay I. 191/25.
Gif ony man for ony crime war condampnyt to the dede
1531 Bell. Boece I. 217.
In nite nowmer of thame wer condampnit to the galionis, winning of querrellis and minis
Id. Livy I. 167/22.
He was nocht condampnit to service, bot erar to presoun and bouchery
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1583.
Sa at schort he was condampnit to deid
1570 Leslie 20.
Sir Alexander Levingstoun [etc.] … war forfaltit and condamnit to perpetuall presoun
1596 Dalr. II. 356/8.
Quhome thairfor shoe condamnes to prisoune
Ib. 219/8.
Condamneng to be heidit Cokburne and Hindirland

c. To adjudge liable in a certain amount. 1494 Acta Conc. 370/2.
With certificacioun and [= if] he compere nocht, the lordis will condampn him in the sad soume
1510 Alloway Baron Ct. MS. 29 Jan.
Sande Farye is condampnit in 2 f[irlottis] of malt
1511 Prestwick B. Rec. 43.
The inquest … condampnys hym in the price abone vritin

d. To regard, or represent, as being at fault. 1573 Sat. P. xlii. 99.
Thairfoir, befoir ȝe me condampne, My resounis first ȝe sall exame
1600 Crim. Trials II. i. 252.
This doing of myne may seeme to condampne thame in a fault

2. To condemn as a sinner; to consign to perdition; to damn. 1375 Barb. iv. 26.
In hell condampnyt mot he be
c1420 Wynt. v. 4656.
Sown efftyr that this kyng wes dede, And condampnyd but remede
Ib. vi. 690.
He … at hys last end … Sall be condampnyd perpetually
1456 Hay I. 168/28.
Gif a man deis in a wrangwis caus … treuly he is condampnyt
c1460 Consail Wys Man 265.
Thai ar condampnit al and sum, And in tyll hevyne sal neuer cum
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 54/28.
Deit he in that stait, he war alluterly tynt and condampnit
c1500 Rowll Cursing 145.
I, devill of deillis, I ȝow condame For geis, for ȝowis, for woll, for lame
1533 Gau 84/20.
That … thay quhilk redis thayme … sal noth be condannit [sic]
1567 G. Ball. 24.
We had eternallie In hell condampnit bene

3. To condemn (an opinion, etc.) as false, erroneous, improper, or worthless.(a) a1400 Leg. S. v. 104.
He … scheu hym be skillis thre, That this lar suld condampnyt be
14.. Acts I. 380/2.
All tha ar callit infames that … condampnis the statutis of haly kirk
c1420 Wynt. v. 3317.
That Senyhe condamnyt halyly Off Arryus the heresy
Ib. 4104.
That tyme thare Thir herysyis all condampnyt ware
1456 Hay I. 205/30.
It is condampnyt be law as thing unresonable
Ib. 256/25.
It is a thing reprovit of God … and condampnyt
1562-3 Winȝet I. 9/9.
Ȝe … quha be toung condamnis ydolatrie sa mekle
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 22.
To prays … als mekill your justice as thai had afoir condampnit … your injustice
a1578 Pitsc. II. 141/26.
The bischopis … set furth certane artiekillis condampning the preaching of Paull Mephin as heresie
1586 Reg. Privy C. IV. 74.
The antechristeane papistrie condampned be God and his Hienes lawis
1622-6 Bisset I. 349/11.
The fourte generall counsall … condampned the heresies of Pelagius
(b) 1549 Compl. 16/1.
To condamp and repreif this raggit naykyt tracteit
1562-3 Winȝet I. 71/25.
Gif we sua do … , quhy condemne [v.r. condampt] ȝe nocht thai Scriptuiris?

4. To damage, esp. by artillery fire. 1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 249.
The suthwest bastalȝe [at Haddington is] condamnit that na defence is maid in it
a1578 Pitsc. II. 170/13.
The Inglischmen … past to the other syde of the watter of Leytht … and trinchit thair and condamnitt the blok house
Ib. 259/7.
Thair thay schott at the new wark of the abbay of Halyrudous and condampnit thair bartissingis and schot throche thame in sindrie placeis
1600-1610 Melvill 420.
A mightie erthquak quhilk … condamnit the hie-way, and spilt all the Kings gardings

b. To block or fill up. 1572 Peebles B. Rec. 337.
The bailleis … ordanis the Briggait port to be biggit vp and condampnit
1578 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 64.
The baillies and counsale ordanis … to condampt the Watter yet and Grayfreir portt
1596 Dalr. II. 17/9.
Thay intend at last to condamme and stap the mouth of the riuer
1597 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 160.
The prouest, baillies, and counsall … ordanit the said Marioun to big vp and condampne the said back-yett
c1615 Chron. Kings 130.
The foir wall [= well] wes condamnitt, and the bak was posoynit

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