Definition of damnify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdamnəˌfī/

verb (damnifies, damnifying, damnified)

[with object] Law , rare
Cause injury to.
Example sentences
  • If the bailor is damnified by the terms of the sub-bailment he has a cause of action against the head bailee.
  • The defendants are justified in their contention that the remedy of the party damnified by the solicitor's misconduct will become illusory.
  • In such a case the court has the power, and the duty, at the instance of the Attorney General on behalf of the public or of a person damnified, to restrain the further exercise of those powers not in accord with the special act.



Pronunciation: /ˌdam(n)əfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • It was admitted, indeed, on the last argument, that the proceedings at Lancaster should be considered as evidence of a damnification; but that the defendant should be let into a full defence in this action.


Early 16th century: from Old French damnefier, dam(p)nifier, from late Latin damnificare 'injure, condemn', from Latin damnificus 'hurtful', from damnus 'loss, damage'.

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Syllabification: dam·ni·fy

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