Definition of damnable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdamnəb(ə)l/


1Very bad or unpleasant: leave this damnable place behind
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  • There is nothing more to say about this damnable road; it is best to hasten along it if one must, and to turn off it as soon as one may.
  • How can something so utterly damnable and sick also be so funny?
  • That's a damnable insult to the man who ended the cold war.
annoying, irritating, infuriating, maddening, exasperating;
informal beastly, pestilential
archaic scurvy
2Subject to or worthy of divine condemnation: suicide was thought damnable in the Middle Ages
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  • Most pastors graciously welcome these couples as good people, even though their official church teaching may condemn this cohabitation as fornication, a damnable sin.
  • Is diving on a grenade (hence, suicide) damnable if it saves the others in the room?
  • Mere mimicry, however, isn't the track's damnable sin, but rather a byproduct of the curious choice to break away from the electronic fidgeting that distinguished ‘A Whisper’.
accursed, cursed, under a curse, damned, diabolical, devilish, demonic, demoniac, fiendish, Mephistophelian, hellish, infernal, execrable, base, wicked, evil, sinful, iniquitous, heinous



Pronunciation: /ˈdamnəbli/
Example sentences
  • Why do some people make such a damnably disgusting munching sound when they eat that can be heard miles away?
  • Far be it from me to suggest that, at the end of a parliament, the papers might like to review their own performance in the damnably tricky business of reporting faithfully the news.
  • It may not be perfect - but it works damnably well.


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French dam(p)nable, from Latin dam(p)nabilis, from dam(p)nare 'inflict loss on' (see damn).

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