Definition of damnatory in English:


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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



/ˈdamnəˌtôrē/ /ˈdæmnəˌtɔri/


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