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To Damn. v.a. [damno, Latin.]

  1. To doom to eternal torments in a future state.

                        Not in the legions
    Of horrid hell, can come a devil more damn'd
    In evils to top Macbeth.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    It is most necessary, that the church, by doctrine and decree, do damn and send to hell for ever those facts and opinions. Bacon, Essay 3.

  2. To procure or cause to be eternally condemned.

    That which he continues ignorant of, having done the utmost lying in his power, that he might not be ignorant of it, shall not damn him. South's Sermons.

  3. To condemn.

                His own impartial thought
    Will damn, and conscience will record the fault.
    Dryd. Juv.

  4. To hoot or hiss any publick performance; to explode.

    They damn themselves, nor will my muse descend
    To clap with such who fools and knaves commend.

                For the great dons of wit,
    Phœbus gives them full privilege alone
    To damn all others, and cry up their own.
    Dryd. Ind. Emp.

    You are so good a critick, that it is the greatest happiness of the modern poets that you do not hear their works; and next, that you are not so arrant a critick as to damn them, like the rest, without hearing. Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Pope, Alexander (393) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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