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In Christian belief, to be damned is to be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell. The word comes (in Middle English, via Old French) from Latin dam(p)nare ‘inflict loss on’, from damnum ‘loss, damage’.

damn with faint praise commend so feebly as to imply disapproval; from Pope's ‘An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot’ (1735).


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