Meaning of damnatory in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdamnəˌt(ə)ri/

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  • Conveying or causing censure or damnation.

    ‘the case against you was most damnatory’
    • ‘Specifically, Robert cannot accept Christ's divinity, the biblical miracles, or the ‘damnatory psalms'.’
    • ‘Armed with the copies of the damnatory letters, Gabrielle demanded money first and then marriage.’
    • ‘By the time I had spotted this damnatory news item, it was mid morning here and I was at work.’
    • ‘The same damnatory clause is also wedged in at the close of the first and at the beginning of the second part.’
    • ‘Anything that falls outside the purview of our classification is considered either miraculous or damnatory.’
    disapproving, censorious, censuring, critical, scathing, damning, damnatory, condemnatory, condemning, denunciatory


Late 17th century from Latin damnatorius, from dam(p)nat- ‘caused to suffer loss’, from the verb dam(p)nare (see damn).