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 damning (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 Never has a description of a dining table and chairs been so damning. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, 18 June 2021 Indeed, several other survivors have come forward to say that Bo Schembechler and other school administrators either turned a blind eye or, in an even more damning allegation, used it as a way to keep players in line. Peggy Drexler, CNN, 14 June 2021 The anecdotal evidence is more damning: the jersey split seemed to be about 50% Wests Tigers, 25% old school Wests and 25% old school Balmain. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Some of the most damning evidence is where Laci and her unborn child were found. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 1 May 2021 Perhaps the most damning number for FCD so far is a -.55 goals above expectation per match, hinting the club is missing around 50% of the opportunities it would be expected to score in a match. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 This marked the moment when the world would slowly turn against Star after Westbrook uploaded another damning video — this time directed at him. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 12 May 2021 However, the stories Meghan and Harry shared with Oprah were severe and damning, highlighting the pitfalls of an institution that puts its reputation before its people. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 10 Mar. 2021 Why Mitt Romney says Biden administration refusal to admit border crisis is ‘extremely damning’ [Deseret News]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of damning

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2021

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“Damning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damning. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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