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condone (verb) forgive or overlook.

To condone is to forgive or overlook a wrongdoing, to treat even serious crimes as though they were not serious. When you accept or excuse a person's actions which are morally wrong, you condone them. You so not punish the wrongdoers, or let them off with a slight punishment. If what is usually considered wrong is unpunished, it is condoned. Condoning serious crimes can only lead to disorder. When we condone an offense, we overlook it, and that encourages people to commit more offenses.

  • The government has been accused not only of condoning the offenders, but also defending them strongly. That the government has not been firm in dealing with the offenders is the charge of the opposition.
  • Because his minor offenses have been condoned, and he has not been punished properly, he has now become a habitual offender.
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