One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To damn or condemn in advance.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis White (d. 1638), bishop of Ely. From classical Latin praedamnāre to condemn in advance, in post-classical Latin also specifically with reference to divine judgement (late 2nd cent. in Tertullian) from prae- + damnāre.
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