- damned if i do, damned if i don't,
- damocles, sword of
Origin of damning
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of damn
Examples from the Web for damning
Even though a grand jury chose not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner, the video is damning of police.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is already a damning common denominator between the two shootings: the Cleveland police department itself.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, as is often the case, what may be equally as damning as the crime will be the cover-up.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The testimony is damning: the world has not learned its lesson.
A new report by Human Rights Watch released Tuesday is damning.
Let us try the test of an expression somewhat kindred in etymology: such a word as would carry upon its face a damning solecism.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3|W. E. Gladstone
Poor man, he did not know of the damning circumstances which the Inspector had so cleverly woven into his accusing theory.The Green God|Frederic Arnold Kummer
The striking simile of the thin end of the wedge was recurred to by him for a damning illustration.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Still, O heaven, the dreadful, damning words ring in my ears!Love and Intrigue|Friedrich Schiller
When restored does he show his gratitude by praising the drug and damning the doctor?The Christ|John Eleazer Remsburg
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for damn
late 13c., "to condemn," from Old French damner "damn, condemn; convict, blame; injure," derivative of Latin damnare "to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject," from noun damnum "damage, hurt, harm; loss, injury; a fine, penalty," possibly from an ancient religious term from PIE *dap- "to apportion in exchange" [see Watkins]. The Latin word evolved a legal meaning of "pronounce judgment upon." Theological sense is first recorded early 14c.; the optative expletive use likely is as old.
Damn and its derivatives generally were avoided in print from 18c. to c.1930s (the famous line in the film version of "Gone with the Wind" was a breakthrough and required much effort by the studio). The noun is recorded from 1610s; to be not worth a damn is from 1817. The adjective is 1775, short for damned; Damn Yankee, characteristic Southern U.S. term for "Northerner," is attested from 1812. Related: Damning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with damn
- damned if I do, damned if I don't
- damn well
- damn with faint praise
- do one's damnedest
- give a damn
- not worth a dime (tinker's damn)