verb (used with object), dam·ni·fied, dam·ni·fy·ing. Law.
to cause loss or damage to.
Origin of damnify
1505–15;Related formsun·dam·ni·fied, adjective
< Middle French damnifier, Old French
< Late Latin damnificāre,
derivative of Latin damnific(us
) harmful, equivalent to damn(um
) damage + -ificus
); see -ify
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Examples from the Web for damnify
Historical Examples of damnify
We should damnify religion if we separated it from philosophy: we should ruin philosophy if we divorced it from religion.
Alexander commanded his soldiers neither to damnify Pindarus, the poet, nor any of his family.
In Haverhill, in 1708, young women were permitted to build pews, provided they did not "damnify the Stairway."
British Dictionary definitions for damnify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Derived Formsdamnification, noun
law to cause loss or damage to (a person); injure
Word Origin for damnify
C16: from Old French damnifier, ultimately from Latin damnum harm, + facere to make
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