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[dam-nuh-fahy] /ˈdæm nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), damnified, damnifying. Law.
to cause loss or damage to.
Origin of damnify
1505-15; < Middle French damnifier, Old French < Late Latin damnificāre, derivative of Latin damnific(us) harmful, equivalent to damn(um) damage + -ificus (see -i-, -fic); see -ify
Related forms
undamnified, adjective Unabridged
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  • In Haverhill, in 1708, young women were permitted to build pews, provided they did not "damnify the Stairway."

    Sabbath in Puritan New England Alice Morse Earle
  • We should damnify religion if we separated it from philosophy: we should ruin philosophy if we divorced it from religion.

    Thoughts on Life and Religion Friedrich Max Mller
  • Alexander commanded his soldiers neither to damnify Pindarus, the poet, nor any of his family.

    Microcosmography John Earle
British Dictionary definitions for damnify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
(law) to cause loss or damage to (a person); injure
Derived Forms
damnification, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French damnifier, ultimately from Latin damnum harm, + facere to make
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