dam·​na·​ble | \ ˈdam-nə-bəl How to pronounce damnable (audio) \

Definition of damnable

1 : liable to or deserving condemnation
2 : very bad : detestable damnable weather

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Other Words from damnable

damnableness noun
damnably \ ˈdam-​nə-​blē How to pronounce damnably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of damnable in a Sentence

this damnable couch is falling apart
Recent Examples on the Web This paradigm shines a light on our most delicate and aspirational selves — because who hasn’t felt misunderstood, even damnable, as characters in fiction so often feel, while still yearning for sympathy and a happy ending? Joshua Ferris, New York Times, "You May Not Like Lionel Shriver’s Characters. That May Be the Point.," 19 May 2020 Americans will be reminded that there is nothing — save for peaceful foreign policy and sound budgeting — that both parties can agree to reject as damnable and beyond the bounds of decency. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Trump’s Impeachment Will Be Trump’s Fault," 23 Oct. 2019 Fazili, Hussaini, and their children join a damnable human flow, crossing from Tajikistan back through Afghanistan, then on to Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, and, finally, Hungary. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Midnight Traveler” Expands the Narrative of the Refugee Documentary," 17 Sep. 2019 Of course, that programming is the damnable smartphones that Chris hated so much in the first place. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 Trump finally gave in, but only after Mitch promised to support his plan to declare a state of emergency to get the money for that damnable border wall. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: A Whopper-Filled Press Conference," 17 Feb. 2019 In a proposal reportedly cooked up by VP Mike Pence and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, the new scheme traded temporary protection for DACA recipients and some other immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion for that damnable wall. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “I Never Worked for Russia!”," 20 Jan. 2019 The situation is the result of the president and congress’s inability to come to an agreement about funding for that damnable border wall, which Mexico is apparently not paying for. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Most Chaotic Presidency Ever”," 23 Dec. 2018 Both Vox and The Power aim to make contemporary gender politics legible and damnable — albeit by taking opposing approaches — and their success is mixed. Constance Grady, Vox, "How 3 feminist dystopias are trying to update The Handmaid’s Tale for today," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of damnable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 May 2020

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“Damnable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damnable. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of damnable

old-fashioned : deserving strong criticism : very bad, wrong, annoying, etc.

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