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[dam-nuh-buh l] /ˈdæm nə bəl/
worthy of condemnation.
detestable, abominable, or outrageous.
Origin of damnable
1275-1325; Middle English dam(p)nable < Middle French damnable < Late Latin damnābilis, equivalent to Latin damn(āre) (see damn) + -ābilis -able
Related forms
damnableness, damnability, noun
damnably, adverb Unabridged
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  • That night, when I got your note telling me what you had done, I did a damnably foolish thing.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
  • It was so damnably unnerving he was afraid of losing all emotional control.

    The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long
  • He wrote of Washington at this time, to his friend Gates, as weak and "most damnably deficient."

  • That I love you most dearly, and hate the French most damnably.

  • It isn't so utterly and damnably bad as you make out, you know.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • I treated you damnably, but—but you know, it was on account of her, really.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • That he had picked up a talent for that dazzling style, so sweet to the ear, so damnably persuasive, so crystal-clear!

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • It chanced, you see, that I was in France—and out of service and damnably out at elbows, too!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • All the deities in heaven would take the part of the cuckold-making god, for they are all given to the flesh most damnably.

  • I forget sometimes to be unhappy in reflecting that I am damnably ridiculous.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for damnably


in a detestable manner
(intensifier): it was damnably unfair


execrable; detestable
liable to or deserving damnation
Derived Forms
damnableness, damnability, noun
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Word Origin and History for damnably



mid-14c., from Old French damnable or directly from Late Latin damnabilis, from Latin damnare (see damn). Related: Damnably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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