[ dam-ney-shuh n ]
/ dæmˈneɪ ʃən /


the act of damning or the state of being damned.
a cause or occasion of being damned.
Theology. condemnation to eternal punishment as a consequence of sin.
an oath expressing anger, disappointment, etc.


(used in exclamatory phrases to express anger, disappointment, etc.)

Nearby words

  1. damn the torpedoes,
  2. damn well,
  3. damn with faint praise,
  4. damnable,
  5. damnably,
  6. damnatory,
  7. damned,
  8. damned if i do, damned if i don't,
  9. damnedest,
  10. damnify

Origin of damnation

1250–1300; Middle English dam(p)nacioun < Old French damnation < Latin damnātiōn- (stem of damnātiō), equivalent to damnāt(us) (past participle of damnāre; see damn, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·dam·na·tion, nounpre·dam·na·tion, nounself-dam·na·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for damnation


/ (dæmˈneɪʃən) /


the act of damning or state of being damned
a cause or instance of being damned


an exclamation of anger, disappointment, etc
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Word Origin and History for damnation



c.1300, "condemnation to Hell by God," also "fact of being condemned by judicial sentence," from Old French damnation, from Latin damnationem (nominative damnatio), noun of action from past participle stem of damnare (see damn). As an imprecation, attested from c.1600.

Damnation follows death in other men,
But your damn'd Poet lives and writes agen.
[Pope, letter to Henry Cromwell, 1707 or 1708]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for damnation


Eternal punishment in hell. (See mortal sin/venial sin.)

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