from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Threatening with or expressing condemnation; damning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing a sentence of condemnation; assigning to damnation; condemnatory; damning: as, the damnatory clauses of the Athanasian creed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Dooming to damnation; condemnatory.

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  • adjective containing a sentence of condemnation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective threatening with damnation


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From Latin damnatorius, corresponding to damn +‎ -atory


  • Word of God, saving and damnatory, is implied (Isa 50: 4; Joh 12: 48; Heb shaft -- (Ps 45: 5).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The "damnatory", or "minatory clauses", are the pronouncements contained in the symbol, of the penalties which follow the rejection of what is there proposed for our belief.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • So the doctor, having read the epistle out to Myra and Mrs. Portman, with many damnatory comments upon the young scapegrace who was goin deeper and deeper into perdition, left those ladies to spread the news through the Clavering society, which they did with their accustomed accuracy and despatch, and strode over to Fairoaks to break the intelligence to the widow.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Your opinion as to the letters as a whole is so damnatory that I put them by.

    Vailima Letters

  • I wish you to watch these closely, judging them as a whole, and treating them as I have asked you, and favour me with your damnatory advice.

    Vailima Letters

  • And bitter enough were the things they said: and damnatory, the two Somers.


  • Self-scourging with rods as a penance, was to her thinking a papistical ordinance most abominable and damnatory; but the essence of the self-scourging was as comfortable to her as ever was a hair-shirt to a Roman Catholic enthusiast.

    John Caldigate

  • “Excuse me,” said one, in a damnatory officious voice.


  • It is the most damnatory biography that ever found its way into print.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • The judgments could not but be damnatory, and their expression in journalistic phrase would disturb his mind with evil rancour.

    New Grub Street


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