dam·​na·​tion | \ dam-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce damnation (audio) \

Definition of damnation

: the act of damning : the state of being damned

Examples of damnation in a Sentence

The minister spoke about death and damnation.
Recent Examples on the Web The intensity through which DMX performed was almost seismic, and the force of his fear of damnation left raw lyrics in its wake. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "DMX, Shock G, and the Plight of the Middle-Aged Rapper," 27 Apr. 2021 The Swift faithful were already threatening to rain down damnation on anyone caught sneaking an audio peek at the old version after midnight. Chris Willman, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Taylor Swift turns on a facsimile machine for ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ and its ingenious recreations," 9 Apr. 2021 Graham Greene was one of my early literary heroes, yet his sense of sin and his harping on damnation seem to me unhelpful superstitions that weaken some of his books to the point of absurdity. Paul Theroux, The New Yorker, "Facing Ka‘ena Point: On Turning Eighty," 6 Apr. 2021 True to Souljah’s insistence on consequences, the sequel begins with a hard shock: Winter is dead, stuck in a purgatory known as the Last Stop Before the Drop, and given one last chance to avoid eternal damnation. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "Why it took Sister Souljah 22 years to write a followup to her groundbreaking novel," 2 Mar. 2021 Mother Nature certainly has been coming in for a heaping share of damnation in recent months. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Texas crisis reminds us that ‘natural’ disasters are almost always manmade," 22 Feb. 2021 John Calvin put major emphasis on the doctrine of predestination, which holds that an individual’s salvation (or damnation, as the case might be) is determined by God before that person is even born. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Meritocracy on Trial," 23 Dec. 2020 Enter a mysterious man (Skarsgard) who could be Lloyd's savior or his damnation. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The Stand exclusive clip: Watch Randall Flagg’s riveting first scene," 16 Dec. 2020 Parks also uses desire in damnation of the Black buck stereotype. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Shaft,’ ‘Dirty Harry’ and the Rise of the Supercop," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of damnation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Damnation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damnation. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of damnation

: the state of being in hell as punishment after death

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