damn·​ing | \ˈda-miŋ \

Definition of damning 

1 : bringing damnation a damning sin

2 : causing or leading to condemnation or ruin presented some damning testimony

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Other Words from damning

damningly \ -​miŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of damning in a Sentence

a damning flaw in the program cost the company millions of dollars

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The former Daily Mirror editor launched his damning opinion on why the Three Lions lost to Croatia, and his Arsenal bias was clear for everyone to see. SI.com, "Arsenal-Supporting Twitter Troll Piers Morgan Blames Spurs Players for England's World Cup Exit," 12 July 2018 In that atmosphere, outside groups played a key role in finding damning skeletons in Parker’s closet. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 Reasons Why Supreme Court Nominations Have Failed," 10 July 2018 Amore touched on the key relationships revealed in reams of interviews conducted by the NCAA, including a particularly damning allegation from former UConn assistant Glen Miller. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn Insider Podcast: How The Fracture Of Kevin Ollie And His Alma Mater Became A Full-Fledged Feud," 3 July 2018 The study's findings—coming just months after Baltimore's 911 center was struck by a ransomware attack—paint a damning picture of how tech has been managed by the eighth-largest city police force in the country. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Baltimore’s police department is a technological disaster," 29 June 2018 Here is a damning tale of treason that succeeded largely thanks to bureaucratic ineptitude. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 On Friday—in the face of damning emails among NIAAA officials, alcohol industry representatives, and MACH’s principal investigator—the feds pulled the plug. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Troubled End of an Ethically Compromised Booze Study," 25 June 2018 In another damning rebuke, the state senate voted, again 59-0, to ban Blagojevich from ever holding office again in Illinois. Manu Raju And Ashley Killough, CNN, "Illinois GOP warns Trump: 'Stupid' to free Blagojevich," 8 June 2018 But the damning thing is that there might not be anything more terrifying than our own self-doubt. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #39.1: Twisted sci-fi, bent biblical epic and more in new comics," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of damning

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of damning was in 1595

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