March 11, 2012
- condone (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to pardon or overlook voluntarily
- How do you use it?
- Team officials have made it clear that they will not condone any pranks played on members of the rival squad.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "condone"?No need for excuses if you went with answer B. "Condone," "excuse," "pardon," and "forgive" all mean to demand neither punishment nor payment. "Condone" suggests accepting without protest a blameworthy act or condition (as in "does not condone cheating on taxes"), while "excuse" implies overlooking a fault or error by not criticizing or punishing the person responsible (such as, "excused them for being late"). "Pardon" indicates the freeing from a penalty that is due (for example, "the governor's power to pardon convicted criminals"), and "forgive" involves giving up feelings of resentment and the desire for revenge (as in, "forgave her friend's thoughtlessness").