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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The most glaring was the murder of her BFF, Missandei, but a more subtle moment might have had an even more damning effect, psychologically. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Did Jon Snow Have to Kill Daenerys in the 'Game of Thrones' Finale?," 20 May 2019 Both conversations reveal one damning condemnation of guardians and one glorious truth about young people. Wade Davis, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop the Cycle of Shame, and Teach Boys How to Love Themselves," 30 Apr. 2019 Likewise, Joe discovers damning information about Kathleen. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 Rather, a special counsel’s report would potentially contain damning information that led to a political response, including either impeachment proceedings or electoral losses for members of Congress who declined to advance impeachment proceedings. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Matt Whitaker suggested the attorney general might keep Robert Mueller’s conclusions secret forever," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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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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