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1Very bad or unpleasant:‘leave this damnable place behind’
unpleasant, disagreeable, objectionable, offensive, execrable, horrible, horrid, ghastly, awful, nasty, dreadful, terribleView synonyms
- ‘Her sister is the symbol of all that is detestable, damnable and loathsome.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although ideologically-motivated negligence is damnable enough, it is a far cry from intentional and explicit support for mass murder.’
- ‘This was a Friday night of the damnable variety.’
- ‘In recent years the craft has attained a vague sense of semi-respectability, and that damnable respectability brought with it new rules against drinking.’
- ‘I hate pop-ups, those damnable inconvenient pop-ups.’
- ‘I fear I cannot stand more than two nights per week in this damnable place.’
- ‘The combination of incompetence and downright carelessness on the part of those charged with protecting our citizens is absolutely damnable.’
- ‘Such a damnable day only heightens the pleasure of what I am about to receive.’
- ‘Yet people short on money often neglect the advice of the professional scolds and instead turn to the damnable moneylenders.’
- ‘Trust those damnable Euro bureaucrats to ruin Christmas.’
- ‘From that day forth I became acutely aware that people say the most damnable stuff off-the-record.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There is a hideous fatalism about it, a ghastly and damnable reduction of beauty and intelligence, of strength and purpose, of honor and aspiration.’
- ‘Such shops used to exist, but they have all been put out of business by those damnable supermarkets.’
- ‘You have once again hoodwinked me into risking my life in one of those damnable contraptions!’
- ‘This dire, occasionally damnable predictability undermines the painterly finesse with which the film's director arranges his ravishing images.’
- ‘However, as the teams traipsed off at 4 o'clock, those damnable weather gods decided to rain on Partick's parade.’
- ‘Good God… who on earth thought up duvets and those damnable covers they reside in?’
2Subject to or worthy of divine condemnation:‘suicide was thought damnable in the Middle Ages’
accursed, cursed, under a curse, damned, diabolical, devilish, demonic, demoniac, fiendish, mephistophelian, hellish, infernal, execrable, base, wicked, evil, sinful, iniquitous, heinousView synonyms
- ‘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’.’
- ‘Is diving on a grenade (hence, suicide) damnable if it saves the others in the room?’
- ‘Most pastors graciously welcome these couples as good people, even though their official church teaching may condemn this cohabitation as fornication, a damnable sin.’
Middle English (in damnable): from Old French dam(p)nable, from Latin dam(p)nabilis, from dam(p)nare inflict loss on (see damn).
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