Definition of damning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdamɪŋ/


1(Of a circumstance or piece of evidence) strongly suggesting guilt or error: I was innocent but the evidence was damning
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  • Each witness sits on the witness chair and delivers a piece of damning evidence.
  • If his hair and Natalee's hair is on it, yes it'll be very damning evidence and possibly proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Suspicion rested on a handful of a details, which the Crown took as damning evidence and for which her defence said there was a perfectly innocent explanation.
damaging, derogatory;
conclusive, strong
1.1Extremely critical: a damning indictment of the government’s record
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  • Not long after this damning report, criticism again rained on the Bank.
  • Poor financial planning was one of the many criticisms in a damning report on the council by the Audit Commission earlier this year.
  • The report was a damning indictment of declining safety standards between 2003 and May 2005.



Example sentences
  • What his comments illustrate most clearly, and most damningly, is a depth of arrogance that could go some way towards explaining just why Britain's swimmers have under-performed.
  • Chaytor concludes, damningly, that a university system financed wholly or largely out of general taxation can only ever be a system designed for an elite.
  • Most damningly of all, it is alleged that up to six new councillors are heavily in debt on their council tax and voting illegally in the chamber.

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