damn with faint praise

Definition of damn with faint praise

:to give praise without enthusiasm in a way that shows one really dislikes someone or something

Word by Word Definitions

damn play
  1. : to condemn to a punishment or fate

  2. : to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect

  3. : to condemn as a failure by public criticism

  1. : the utterance of the word damn as a curse

  2. : a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) : the least bit

  1. : damned

faint play
  1. : lacking courage and spirit : cowardly

  2. : weak, dizzy, and likely to faint

  3. : lacking strength or vigor : performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or languidly

  1. : to lose courage or spirit

  2. : to become weak

  3. : to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain

  1. : the physiological action of fainting

praise play
  1. : to express a favorable judgment of : commend

  2. : to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections

  3. : to express praise

  1. : an expression of approval : commendation

  2. : worship

  3. : value, merit


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