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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Many are young women, pimped under threats of spiritual damnation by juju healers. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 The visual clichés of damnation and salvation: the black-and-tan dive, the sociality of neighbors across the color line, hanging out on the stoop, marrying outside the race, or the model tenement occupied by a monochromatic family of the same race. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 This is not death and damnation structurally for the auto industry. Eric D. Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Ford's 2020 Explorer and Escape expected to lead explosion of new car models," 13 June 2019 The band should be applauded for going its own way in a sea of potential damnation from all directions, but on strictly musical terms, everything Skillet does has been done to death already. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Skillet, Semisonic, more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 10," 6 July 2019 Questions abound: Will this new grand experiment stave off eternal damnation? Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Good Place creator weighs in on possibility of Blake Bortles cameo in final season," 25 June 2019 This is not death and damnation structurally for the auto industry. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ford expected to lead explosion of new models," 12 June 2019 While Pavarotti’s career seemed, to many, to descend irrevocably toward the stadium as if to damnation, for Mr. Domingo the 1990s ended up being a blip. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera," 3 June 2019 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

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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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