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 Later, Giovanni brazenly asks a graveyard statue of the man to dinner; shockingly, a voice accepts the invitation, then the statue arrives to drag the Don to damnation. New York Times, "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music," 6 Sep. 2018 The praise of his supporters or the predictable damnation of his enemies won’t matter. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump’s Strategic Foresight Is Being Put to the Test," 26 Mar. 2020 In each act, a trio of bluegrass musicians appears at least once to sing about work or damnation or having no place to go. Laura Hudson, Wired, "The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’," 29 Jan. 2020 Clive’s appreciations, in that book, ranged from the filmmaker Michael Mann to the Austrian aphorist Alfred Polgar, alongside damnations of his devils, including, controversially but persuasively, one on Walter Benjamin. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Clive James Got It Right," 30 Nov. 2019 The Witch is a slow-burn contemplation on the centrality of religion and the fear of damnation in 17th-century lives and a jarring one at that. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3 (Netflix Original) The devilishly good show returns with Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) aiming to free her boyfriend from eternal damnation. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix's January 2020 list: New seasons of 'Grace and Frankie,' 'Sabrina'," 11 Dec. 2019 Perhaps in an age of secularization, the spirit of History itself fills the space that previous generations would have reserved for divine judgment and eternal damnation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Adam Schiff Summons the Damnation of History," 4 Feb. 2020 In Part 3 of the series, our bewitching heroine makes it her mission to free her boyfriend Nick from eternal damnation — under the evil eye of Madam Satan — and bring him back into her arms. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Jan. 19-25," 17 Jan. 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 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of damnation

: the state of being in hell as punishment after death

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