Dictionary: DA'MI-AN-ISTS – DAMP'ER

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In Church history, a sect who denied any distinction in the Godhead; believing in one single nature, yet calling God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Encyc.


A name applied to a resinous substance obtained from a species of Agathis or Dammara.

DAM'MED, pp.

Confined or shut in by means of a dam.

DAM'MING, ppr.

Confining water by means of a dam.

DAMN, v.t. [L. damno; Fr. damner; Arm. dauna; It. dannare; Sp. dañar; Port. danar. The Portuguese word is rendered to hurt, to damnify, to corrupt or spoil, to undo or ruin, to bend, to crook, to make mad. The latter sense would seem to be from the L. demens, and damnum is by Varro referred to demendo, demo, which is supposed to be a compound of de and emo. But qu., for damno and condemno coincide with the English doom.]

  1. To sentence to eternal torments in a future state; to punish in hell. He that believeth not shall be damned. – Mark xvi.
  2. To condemn; to decide to be wrong or worthy of punishment; to censure; to reprobate. He that doubteth is damned if he eat. – Rom. xiv.
  3. To condemn; to explode; to decide to be bad, mean, or displeasing by hissing or any mark of disapprobation; as, to damn a play, or a mean author.
  4. A word used in profaneness; a term of execration.


  1. That may be damned or condemned; deserving damnation; worthy of eternal punishment. More generally that which subjects or renders liable to damnation; as, damnable heresies. – 2 Pet. ii.
  2. In a low or ludicrous sense, odious, detestable, or pernicious. – Shak.


The state or quality of deserving damnation.

DAM'NA-BLY, adv.

  1. In a manner to incur eternal punishment, or so as to exclude mercy. – South.
  2. In a low sense, odiously; detestably; sometimes excessively.

DAM-NA'TION, n. [L. damnatio.]

  1. Sentence or condemnation to everlasting punishment in the future state; or the state of eternal torments. How can ye escape the damnation of hell. – Mark xxiii.
  2. Condemnation. – Taylor.


Containing a sentence of condemnation. – Waterland.

DAM'NED, pp.

  1. Sentenced to everlasting punishment in a future state; condemned.
  2. adj. Hateful; detestable; abominable; a word chiefly used in profaneness by persons of vulgar manners.

DAM-NIF'IC, a. [See Damnify.]

Procuring loss; mischievous.

DAM'NI-FI-ED, pp. [See Damnify.]

Injured; endamaged.

DAM'NI-FY, v.t. [L. damnifico; damnum and facio; It. dannificare.]

  1. To cause loss or damage to; to hurt in estate or interest; to injure; to endamage; as, to damnify a man in his goods or estate.
  2. To hurt; to injure; to impair; applied to the person. – Spenser.


Hurting; injuring; impairing.

DAM'NING, ppr.

  1. 1. Dooming to endless punishment; condemning.
  2. adj. That condemns or exposes to damnation; as, a damning sin.


Tendency to bring damnation. – Hammond.

DAMNUM-ABSQUE-INJURIA, n. [Damnum absque injuria. L.]

Loss without injury, of the which the law can take cognizance.

DAMP, a. [G. dampf; D. damp; Sw. damb; Dan. damp, steam, vapor, fog, smoke; perhaps steam is from the same root, from wasting; Sans. dhuma. See Class Dm, No. 33.]

  1. Moist; humid; being in a state between dry and wet; as, a damp cloth; damp air; sometimes, foggy; as, the atmosphere is damp; but it may be damp without visible vapor.
  2. Dejected; sunk; depressed; chilled. [Unusual.] – Milton.

DAMP, n.

  1. Moist air; humidity; moisture; fog. – Milton.
  2. Dejection; depression of spirits; chill. We say, to strike a damp, or to cast a damp, on the spirits. – Milton.
  3. [Damps, plur.] Noxious exhalations issuing from the earth, and deleterious or fatal to animal life. These are often known to exist in wells which continue long covered and not used, and in mines and coal-pits; and sometimes they issue from the old lavas of volcanoes. These damps are usually the carbonic acid gas, vulgarly called choke-damp, which instantly suffocates; or some inflammable gas, called fire-damp.

DAMP, v.t.

  1. To moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet.
  2. To chill; to deaden; to depress or deject; to abate; as, to damp the spirits; to damp the ardor of passion. – Swift.
  3. To weaken; to make dull; as, to damp sound. – Bacon.
  4. To check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make languid; to discourage; as, to damp industry. Bacon.

DAMP'ED, pp.

Chilled; depressed; abated; weakened; checked; discouraged.

DAMP'EN, v.t.

To make damp or moist.


Making damp. – Judge Johnson.


  1. That which damps or checks; a valve or sliding plate in a furnace to stop or lessen the quantity of air admitted, and thus to regulate the heat or extinguish the fire. Edward's W. Indies. Rumford.
  2. A part of a piano-forte, by which the sound is deadened.