damning

adjective
damn·​ing | \ ˈda-miŋ How to pronounce damning (audio) \

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 \ ˈda-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce damningly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of damning in a Sentence

a damning flaw in the program cost the company millions of dollars
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps most damning has been the alleged involvement in the case of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox deputy health minister, Yaacov Litzman. Washington Post, "Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia ties," 28 Dec. 2019 For Caruana Galizia’s most damning allegations have proved to be chillingly precise. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 13 Dec. 2019 For Caruana Galizia’s most damning allegations have proved to be chillingly precise. Alexander Clapp, 1843, "The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 11 Dec. 2019 House Democrats have described his nine-plus hours of testimony this month as among the most damning to Trump so far. NBC News, "White House told in May of Ukraine President Zelenskiy's concerns about Giuliani, Sondland," 28 Oct. 2019 The schemes and lies have been publicly exposed in the damning report of Inspector General (and Obama appointee) Michael Horowitz. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?," 26 Dec. 2019 Despite promises of accountability, the church has again been forced to reckon with abuse after a damning grand jury report last year on generations of assaults and cover-ups in Pennsylvania spurred investigations across the country. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 The church has been forced to reckon with abuse again after a damning grand jury report in Pennsylvania last year. Washington Post, "AP: Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims," 21 Nov. 2019 The church has been forced to reckon with abuse again after a damning grand jury report in Pennsylvania last year. Mitch Weiss, chicagotribune.com, "Catholic Church boards designed to review sex abuse claims have failed victims, analysis finds," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of damning

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Damning.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damning. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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