Obama has struck a deep chord in our culture, one he may not have recognized, which is damning in itself.
But, as is often the case, what may be equally as damning as the crime will be the cover-up.
The biggest laughs of the night come when the presenters read the most damning reviews for the nominees.
His report, submitted to the leadership last autumn and also discussed by him on television, is damning.
American nuns are pushing ‘radical-feminist themes,’ according to a damning new Vatican report.
How have I a right to make another pay for the saving of my soul, or to assist me in damning his?
Our eyes are shut to the damning facts which confront us on every side.
His hypocrisy was of such a deep and damning character, I can hardly forbear giving his name.
Why had this damning evidence been allowed to sink into oblivion?
Smith's foot-prints were there in damning contrast to her own.
late 13c., "to condemn," from Old French damner "damn, condemn; convict, blame; injure," derivative of Latin damnare "to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject," from noun damnum "damage, hurt, harm; loss, injury; a fine, penalty," possibly from an ancient religious term from PIE *dap- "to apportion in exchange" [see Watkins]. The Latin word evolved a legal meaning of "pronounce judgment upon." Theological sense is first recorded early 14c.; the optative expletive use likely is as old.
Damn and its derivatives generally were avoided in print from 18c. to c.1930s (the famous line in the film version of "Gone with the Wind" was a breakthrough and required much effort by the studio). The noun is recorded from 1610s; to be not worth a damn is from 1817. The adjective is 1775, short for damned; Damn Yankee, characteristic Southern U.S. term for "Northerner," is attested from 1812. Related: Damning.