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.

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Redemption and damnation are the stuff of mythology. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Revisits a Grim ’60s Kennedy Scandal," 4 Apr. 2018 Threats of eternal damnation were not uncommon, the grand jury found. Mark Scolforo, Fox News, "Prosecutor: Priests 'weaponized' the faith to abuse kids," 16 Aug. 2018 By Aimee Levitt The City Museum in Saint Louis will do anything—even risk eternal damnation—to build its Louis Sullivan collection The Chicago School is alive and well—300 miles south of the city. Reader Staff, Chicago Reader, "The Road Trips Issue 2018," 30 May 2018 Do churches exploit the natural human fear of damnation when spreading a message generally thought of as Good News? Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Chiwetel Ejiofor brings a preacher's doubts to life in the stirring 'Come Sunday'," 12 Apr. 2018 If Hell exists, and souls are condemned to an eternity of damnation and torture, then doesn’t that make God evil? David Sims, The Atlantic, "Come Sunday Is an Uneven Biopic of Faith and Dissent," 12 Apr. 2018 Commentators were quick to note that Mr. Scalfari’s report was inconsistent with earlier statements by Pope Francis, who, for instance, has warned unrepentant Mafiosi of eternal damnation. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "‘There Is No Hell’: An Untraditional Pope, an Italian Journalist and the Quote Igniting Controversy," 30 Mar. 2018 Besides eternal damnation, the enchantress gave the Beast a magic traveling book—and a completely unnecessary plot point. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "129 Thoughts You'll Have Watching the 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake," 17 Mar. 2017 Similarly, Lewis’s friend the novelist Charles Williams, in Descent Into Hell, described damnation as complete and willful self-isolation by people who have destroyed their capacity to love. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Pope Francis Abolish Hell?," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of damnation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of damnation

: the state of being in hell as punishment after death

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an act or instance of returning to life

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