damnable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj damnable deserving a curse "her damnable pride"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Damnable Liable to damnation; deserving, or for which one deserves, to be damned; of a damning nature. "A creature unprepared unmeet for death,
      And to transport him in the mind he is,
      Were damnable ."
    • Damnable Odious; pernicious; detestable. "Begin, murderer; . . . leave thy damnable faces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • damnable To be condemned; worthy of condemnation; productive of harm, loss, or injury.
    • damnable Worthy of damnation.
    • damnable Entailing damnation; damning.
    • damnable Odious; detestable; abominable; outrageous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Damnable deserving or tending to damnation: hateful: pernicious
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Quotations

  • Hilaire Belloc
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    “It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
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    “The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. damnabilis, fr. damnare,: cf. F. damnable,. See Damn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. damner—L. damnāre, to condemn—damnum, loss.

Usage

In literature:

What a damnable state to arrive at ... doubly damned by the fact you admire it.
"Waste" by Granville Barker
You loved Margaret Harrison, and yet believed that damnable falsehood of her!
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
His countenance, Barney saw plainly, was as dark as hell, and seemed to catch its inspiration from that damnable region.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
By the Lord Harry, Brian, it's damnable and indecent to harp so upon the shotgun after smashing the statuette.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Very dry, very dull; what with the glorious sunshine outside and the chance to play, Report 47 was damnable.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Every new twist of this damnable mess has been a barb tearing the old wound open afresh.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
This is getting damnable.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
It is a realizing sense of the nature and guilt of sin; of its heinousness and damnable character.
"The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church" by G. H. Gerberding
She's so damnably clean!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
This charge is a foul and damnable lie.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Again, with anything but "damnable" iteration, does Shakespeare revert to it before the close of this very scene.
"A Study of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
It's the most damnable interest I ever heard tell of, either in this world or any other.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
He did his damnable worst and best.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
The stuff that I was made of was at once damnably tough and devilishly pliant.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He is an eyesore to his father, a sore eye to his mother, a vagabond upon earth, and a most damnable liar!
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
Her uncle's property is mismanaged most damnably.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
But you are so damnably courteous, as well as such an unutterable fool!
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Before I had time to re-light it, came the damnable smell again.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
Such things are damnable!
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
I came back to tell you, but my damnable jealousy strangled me.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
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In poetry:

Since Merit but a dunghill is,
I mount the rostrum unafraid:
Indeed, 'twere damnable to ask
If I am overpaid.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
We must our damnable condition see,
Our wretched case, our native poverty,
And the tremendous state wherein we live,
Ere we the want of Christ can well perceive.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
HERE lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
Who long was a bookseller's hack;
He led such a damnable life in this world, --
I don't think he'll wish to come back.
"Epitaph On Edward Purdon" by Oliver Goldsmith
O Stars, sing in your harmony!
O Constellations raptly shine!
Flout me because I am not free,
Mock me because no choice is mine!
O Beauty, it so hurts to see!
—O damnable Design!
"Design" by Robert W Service
You say I am the slave of Fate
Bound by unalterable laws.
I harken, but your words I hate,
Your damnable Effect and Cause.
If there's no hope for happy Chance
Give me the bliss of ignorance.
"Sinister Sooth" by Robert W Service

In news:

It is a testament to Everett's brilliance as a writer (I Am Not Sidney Poitier) that his latest novel, so damnably frustrating and more than occasionally tedious, is also so humanely adept at getting to the heart of the human condition.
There are damnably few Portuguese restaurants in the five boroughs, mainly because the Portuguese are all hanging out in Newark and other nearby parts of New Jersey.
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