Damning
Damn Damn (d[a^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Damned} (d[a^]md or d[a^]m"n[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Damning} (d[a^]m"[i^]ng or d[a^]m"n[i^]ng).] [OE. damnen dampnen (with excrescent p), OF. damner, dampner, F. damner, fr. L. damnare, damnatum, to condemn, fr. damnum damage, a fine, penalty. Cf. {Condemn}, {Damage}.] 1. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure. [1913 Webster]

He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Theol.) To doom to punishment in the future world; to consign to perdition; to curse. [1913 Webster]

3. To condemn as bad or displeasing, by open expression, as by denuciation, hissing, hooting, etc. [1913 Webster]

You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] . . . without hearing. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Note: Damn is sometimes used interjectionally, imperatively, and intensively. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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