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

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 The most damning witness in the case may have been Summers himself, who recorded videos confessing to the crime that were played for jurors in court. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 29 Aug. 2022 Even more damning was a lengthy public letter to Johnson issued by Jesse Norman, a Conservative M.P. and former minister who had supported the Prime Minister for fifteen years, first for the London mayoralty and then for his current post. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 7 June 2022 In this election, notoriety and national attention—Palin is arguably the most famous Alaskan since the state formed, in 1959—could be more damning than seductive. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2022 Here’s a thread of the most damning evidence against Johnny, most of which was suppressed or ignored by social media. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 12 Aug. 2022 The most damning testimony potentially implicating Trump and others of criminal and unconstitutional activity has come from a parade of former Trump administration officials, all of them Republicans. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 The point Cheney keeps making at these hearings is that the people providing some of the most damning testimony are all Republicans, and most were handpicked or appointed by Trump. Arkansas Online, 29 June 2022 Some of the most damning testimony the panel has received so far has come from people who worked directly for Trump, including officials on his presidential campaign, his legal team, and the Justice Department. Luke Broadwater, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 About nobody was this apprehension greater than those who possessed, within themselves, the most damning secret of all. James Kirchick, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Damning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damning. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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