Meaning of damnify in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdamnɪfʌɪ/

verbverb damnifies, verb damnifying, verb damnified

[with object] rare English Law
  • Cause injury to.

    ‘Article 86 gives rise to a cause of action at the suit of a person damnified by its contravention’
    • ‘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.’


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