Careful Words

condemn (v.)

Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 2.

I see the right, and I approve it too,

Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue.

Samuel Garth (1670-1719): Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii. 20 (translated by Tate and Stonestreet, edited by Garth).

Condemn you me for that the duke did love me?

So may you blame some fair and crystal river

For that some melancholic, distracted man

Hath drown'd himself in 't.

John Webster (1578-1632): The White Devil. Act iii. Sc. 2.