These two dictionaries don't have entries for "condone."

The Google translate answer is 縱容, which seems quite wrong at least for Cantonese.

What's the Cantonese/Mandarin translation for condone?

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    You might want to give some context for what you're looking for - an example English sentence perhaps.
    – Mou某
    Sep 11, 2019 at 8:23

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Here are some words that are similar in meaning to condone (and indeed some dictionaries even translate them to condone):

• 容忍 or 容受 -> tolerate; put up with.

• 赦免 -> absolve, excuse, remit a punishment

The essence of condone is to accept with reluctance -- consequently, it's usually used in the negative in English (as in "We do not condone the violence") or with a negative connotation ("They took the silence to indicate that she condoned their behavior" is a sentence that implies the behavior is somehow "wrong"). With this in mind, I feel 容忍 (in Mandarin at least) works well.

  • 容忍 seems right based on a 3rd dictionary used. thanks!
    – Crashalot
    Sep 12, 2019 at 2:41

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