[dam-nuh-buh l]


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 formsdam·na·ble·ness, dam·na·bil·i·ty, noundam·na·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for damnable

Contemporary Examples of damnable

  • By the way, this article is not only impious and damnable, it's also almost certainly illegal to read or publish it in Gaza.

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    Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police

    Hussein Ibish

    April 9, 2013

Historical Examples of damnable

  • "It was the result of a man's damnable folly," said K. grimly.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Oh, no, this damnable spot must not be her last resting-place!

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Then I should never have had to encounter the damnable snares of the pulpit!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • The same story is heard everywhere, with "damnable iteration."

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • It was a damnable presumption, anyhow, something that only an Englishman could be capable of.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for damnable



execrable; detestable
liable to or deserving damnation
Derived Formsdamnableness or damnability, noun
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Word Origin and History for damnable

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

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