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Da'mnable. adj. [from damn.]

  1. Deserving damnation; justly doomed to never-ending punishment.

    It gives him occasion of labouring with greater earnestness elsewhere, to entangle unwary minds with the snares of his damnable opinion. Hooker, b. 5. sect. 42.

    He's a creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death;
    And, to transport him in the mind he is,
    Were damnable.
    Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

    As he does not reckon every schism of a damnable nature, so he is far from closing with the new opinion of those who make it no crime. Swift.

  2. It is sometimes indecently used in a low and ludicrous sense; odious; pernicious.

    Oh thou damnable fellow! did not I pluck thee by the nose for thy speeches? Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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