damn·ing | \ ˈda-miŋ \

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 \-miŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of damning in a Sentence

a damning flaw in the program cost the company millions of dollars

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More significant, any damning information Mueller has amassed is sure to come out–in a report, or by leaks or congressional subpoena. Jack Goldsmith, Time, "Mueller Won’t Decide Trump’s Fate, Only the American Public Can," 7 June 2018 Shortly after the crash, damning information about the couple, who were both white, started to surface. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Body Recovered From Ocean Near California Cliff That Hart Family’s SUV Drove Over," 10 Apr. 2018 Silberg also invoked damning testimony from Ali Khadivi, a forensic psychologist. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Jury Is Out at the Nanny Murder Trial," 17 Apr. 2018 The federal review comes on the heels of damning state and city reports finding fault with the city's childhood lead prevention program, once a model for the nation. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore labels Milwaukee lead prevention efforts a 'hot mess'," 27 June 2018 In addition to the Parliament inquiry, the Information Commissioner’s Office is expected to publish a damning report on Cambridge Analytica this month. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Alexander Nix, Ex-Chief of Cambridge Analytica, Disputes ‘Ridiculous Accusations’," 6 June 2018 No allegations of abusive behavior by Schneiderman spilled into public view until earlier this week, when the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow wrote a detailed, damning report that forced his resignation. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump has known about Eric Schneiderman allegations for some time, court filing reveals," 11 May 2018 The most damning evidence was that nurses had raised concerns in 1991 about indiscriminate use of opioids and syringe drivers. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "Reform the NHS Before It Kills Again," 4 July 2018 If Jordan truly said all of that, why wouldn’t producers show viewers that kind of damning evidence? refinery29.com, "Jordan Is The Bachelorette’s Surprise Tragic Figure," 26 June 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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