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verb[with object]English Law
Cause injury to.
- ‘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’.
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