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

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Danske released a damning report on Wednesday, prepared by a local law firm, which identified €200 billion ($234 billion) of potentially suspicious transactions that flowed through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Danske Shows Banks Still Miss the Usual Suspects," 19 Sep. 2018 The negative publicity from the high legal payouts and Reuters’s seemingly damning evidence of sneaky behavior from the company in the past has brought the issue of hygiene product safety and consumer trust to the forefront. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 Look at this text, April 27th, 2017, that shows even more damning evidence of leaking. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 This disconnect isn’t new: Casino’s web of majority and minority stakes in emerging-market retailers was a key criticism of Muddy Waters, the U.S. short seller run by Carson Block, which published a damning account of the company in late 2015. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The Risk of Making a Simple Business Complex," 22 Aug. 2018 But the defense couldn’t overcome some of the government’s most damning evidence: Mr. Guzmán’s intercepted phone calls and text messages that showed associates taking drug-trafficking, bribery and assassination orders from him. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 If there’s some sort of food safety concern because a company moved too quickly or anything like that, that could be quite damning. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We could end factory farming this century," 15 Nov. 2018 The most damning example involves the work of Jake Malooley. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Jill Abramson is dealing with every journalist’s biggest nightmare," 20 Feb. 2019 But in the ensuing months, he has been plagued by a cronyism scandal that won’t go away but has yet to be damning enough to topple him. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Japanese prime minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of damning

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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