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 And there could hardly be a more damning indictment of them than that. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "No, We’re Not Going to War with Iran," 15 Jan. 2021 Perhaps the most damning blow to Trump is the PGA's latest move to withdraw its 2022 PGA Championship tournament from Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "How Trump's ban opened Pandora's Box," 12 Jan. 2021 Perhaps most damning, Herman’s teams too often failed to carry over success or stomp on lesser opponents. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas dumps Tom Herman, hires Steve Sarkisian," 2 Jan. 2021 Each unveils problems more widespread and damning than those before it. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As more allegations of sexual misconduct engulf Dan Snyder and WFT, NFL must ask when enough is enough," 22 Dec. 2020 The result is a system that often lets officers off the hook for all but the most damning and public excesses, and sometimes even for those. New York Times, "An Autistic Man Is Killed, Exposing Israel’s Festering Police Brutality Problem," 7 Dec. 2020 And unless the inquiry unearths something more damning, clients may ultimately decide to look the other way, said three investors who asked not to be identified. Melissa Karsh, Bloomberg.com, "Apollo Investor Revolt Swells Over Black’s Epstein Ties," 24 Oct. 2020 His trail of fiascos this time is a little more limited but no less damning. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: Borat is back, and this time he fits right in," 21 Oct. 2020 In the most damning indicator, Trump inspires less confidence than Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "The TikTok Fiasco Reflects the Bankruptcy of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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“Damning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damning. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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