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
Recent Examples on the Web Bolstering the Democrats’ case against Trump with damning testimony would immediately blow up Bolton’s post-White House project. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Who's afraid of John Bolton? Associates say his testimony would not 'torpedo' Trump," 25 Jan. 2020 Forbes published a damning report on her riches in 2013, and accusations that dos Santos’ wealth originated from government handouts were widely known. Max De Haldevang, Quartz Africa, "Accenture took millions from an autocrat’s daughter despite corruption allegations," 19 Jan. 2020 The Durham investigations are not yet in, and the fate of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and McCabe may make Horowitz’s damning report seem tame. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Impeachment Fallouts," 31 Dec. 2019 Instead, Democrats have fed the political dumpster fire with reams of damning testimony and evidence. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Impeachment isn’t ‘Law & Order.’ It’s time to stop viewing it that way," 6 Dec. 2019 If anything, that deficit is a damning indication of Bon Appetit’s hiring practices. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Bon Appetit test kitchen’s race problem," 27 Jan. 2020 The Democrats believe that Bolton's testimony could contain damning new details related to Trump's July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Democrats mull Cruz proposal to trade John Bolton impeachment testimony for Hunter Biden," 22 Jan. 2020 Their damning accounts will be heard in the Senate and by the public, whether in video clips or in transcripts that the managers quote, and their words should resonate. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Are the Democrats Ready for Trump’s Impeachment Trial?," 19 Jan. 2020 Lev Parnas, indicted businessman and associate of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, also just publicly disclosed damning details in the Ukraine matter. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Trump and Clinton impeachments are as alike as apples and oranges," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of damning

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2020

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“Damning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damning?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=damnin01. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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