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 most damning excerpt from Comey’s memoir, however, has nothing to do with bodily fluids. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Comey Memoir’s Most Damning Allegation Against Trump," 13 Apr. 2018 It's been speculated that the decision to release a damning climate change report on the annual shopping extravaganza of Black Friday was an intentional effort to suppress its findings. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 Last year, YouTube provoked a public outcry for hosting videos that depicted dark, twisted content aimed specifically at children; in the days following several damning reports, dozens of these videos, representing billions of views, were deleted. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The co-founder of a prominent tween girl YouTube network has been arrested for molesting a minor," 24 Sep. 2018 In March, ProPublica published a damning report making the case that IBM systematically broke age-discrimination rules. Gerrit De Vynck, The Seattle Times, "‘Pit-bull’ lawyer suing IBM for age discrimination," 17 Sep. 2018 That caninicide is of course the most damning crime of the entire Scandal — forget the human murder that almost was! refinery29.com, "If You Miss The Crown, Treat Yourself To A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 That sentence, from the statement issued by the investigating firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, was the single most damning revelation in the whole, er, process. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo have saved his job if he handled Twittergate differently, throwing his wife under the bus? | Marcus Hayes," 9 June 2018 Those are odd enough, but more damning is the focus on poor decision-making of Facebook’s top two executives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 But Netanyahu’s damning message (Iran lied, spelled out in giant letters) could provide the thin reed for a President in search of a premise for discarding the pact. Karl Vick, Time, "To Nix or to Fix: Trump’s Major Dilemma on the Iran Deal," 3 May 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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