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 But the soul-sucking damnation of a never-ending networking happy hour. Damon Young, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 Some proponents of temperance required that churchgoers keep pledges of abstinence, on pain of damnation. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 Very much the idea of damnation and sin and prone to believe things like witches. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2022 Who would buy a ticket to a Broadway show and chuckle at the eternal damnation of Jewish people other than Jews? New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 The woke have adopted all the hallmarks of religion, from rituals of recognizing privilege, crafting new language, and proselytizing the holy truth to which all must conform or face eternal damnation. WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 They should only be introduced as a contrast to the darkness, with every fun party scene adding up to ultimate damnation. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 Every Catholic schoolchild knew the consequences: Mortal sin without absolution meant eternal damnation! New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Paolo and Francesca’s victory over damnation and the reversal of Dante’s morality lesson stemmed from the Romantic period’s rejection of the 18th-century Enlightenment’s emphasis on reason. John-paul Heil, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of damnation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Damnation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damnation. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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