- causing incrimination: damning evidence.
Origin of damning
- to declare (something) to be bad, unfit, invalid, or illegal.
- to condemn as a failure: to damn a play.
- to bring condemnation upon; ruin.
- to doom to eternal punishment or condemn to hell.
- to swear at or curse, using the word “damn”: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
- to use the word “damn”; swear.
- (used as an expletive to express anger, annoyance, disgust, etc.)
- the utterance of “damn” in swearing or for emphasis.
- something of negligible value: not worth a damn.
- damn well, Informal. damned(def 7).
- damn with faint praise, to praise so moderately as, in effect, to condemn: The critic damned the opera with faint praise when he termed the production adequate.
- give a damn, Informal. to care; be concerned; consider as important: You shouldn't give a damn about their opinions.Also give a darn.
Origin of damn
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Examples from the Web for damning
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 4, 2014
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
December 2, 2014
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
November 29, 2014
The testimony is damning: the world has not learned its lesson.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
A new report by Human Rights Watch released Tuesday is damning.Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of damning
Our eyes are shut to the damning facts which confront us on every side.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
If he could only meet with Roma for a moment and thrust the damning document in her face!The Eternal City
The significance of it all gripped him with damning clarity.The Street That Wasn't There
Clifford Donald Simak
The most damning argument against the Germans is that they were not lazy enough.Pipefuls
He looked again at the damning evidence and his defiance broke.Space Prison
- slang an exclamation of annoyance (often in exclamatory phrases such as damn it! damn you! etc)
- informal an exclamation of surprise or pleasure (esp in the exclamatory phrase damn me!)
- (prenominal) slang deserving damnation; detestable
- slang (intensifier)damn fool; a damn good pianist
- damn all slang absolutely nothing
- to condemn as bad, worthless, etc
- to curse
- to condemn to eternal damnation
- (often passive) to doom to ruin; cause to failthe venture was damned from the start
- (also intr) to prove (someone) guiltydamning evidence
- to swear (at) using the word damn
- as near as damn it British informal as near as possible; very near
- damn with faint praise to praise so unenthusiastically that the effect is condemnation
- slang something of negligible value; jot (esp in the phrase not worth a damn)
- not give a damn informal to be unconcerned; not care
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)