One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of condemning or damning in advance; an instance of this; the condition of already being condemned or damned, especially by predestination.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Yates (d. 1657), Church of England clergyman and philosopher. From post-classical Latin praedamnation-, praedamnatio act of condemning in advance, condition of being already condemned (late 2nd cent. in Tertullian, with reference to divine judgement) from classical Latin praedamnāt-, past participial stem of praedamnāre + -iō.
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