[dam-nuh-buh l]

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 damnably

Historical Examples of damnably

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

  • I treated you damnably, but—but you know, it was on account of her, really.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It chanced, you see, that I was in France—and out of service and damnably out at elbows, too!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

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

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • True, he is damnably extravagant; I think the sly dog does it out of malice.

    The Lady of Lyons

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for damnably


  1. in a detestable manner
  2. (intensifier)it was damnably unfair


  1. execrable; detestable
  2. liable to or deserving damnation
Derived Formsdamnableness or 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.

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