[ dam-nuh-fahy ]

verb (used with object),dam·ni·fied, dam·ni·fy·ing.Law.
  1. to cause loss or damage to.

Origin of damnify

1505–15; <Middle French damnifier,Old French <Late Latin damnificāre, derivative of Latin damnific(us) harmful, equivalent to damn(um) damage + -ificus (see -i-, -fic); see -ify

Other words from damnify

  • un·dam·ni·fied, adjective

Words Nearby damnify

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How to use damnify in a sentence

  • In Haverhill, in 1708, young women were permitted to build pews, provided they did not "damnify the Stairway."

    Sabbath in Puritan New England | Alice Morse Earle
  • Alexander commanded his soldiers neither to damnify Pindarus, the poet, nor any of his family.

    Microcosmography | John Earle
  • We should damnify religion if we separated it from philosophy: we should ruin philosophy if we divorced it from religion.

    Thoughts on Life and Religion | Friedrich Max Mller

British Dictionary definitions for damnify


/ (ˈdæmnɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. law to cause loss or damage to (a person); injure

Origin of damnify

C16: from Old French damnifier, ultimately from Latin damnum harm, + facere to make

Derived forms of damnify

  • damnification, noun

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