from The Century Dictionary.
- To cause loss or damage to; hurt in person, estate, or interest; injure; endamage; impair.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb rare To cause loss or damage to; to injure; to impair.
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- verb obsolete Physically to
damage; to injure.
- verb law To cause injuries or loss to.
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It is the lawyers 'term, the damage of mammon (Maimonides hath a treatise with that title), that is, when any person doth any way hurt or damnify another's estate.
An action for defamation brought in Languedoc  might, with propriety, be worded, "that the defendant did, with four-and-twenty mouths, four-and-twenty tongues, and four-and-twenty pair of lungs, vilify and damnify his neighbour's reputation;" for it is probable that a scolding match could not take place in the open air of that country, without enlisting volunteer seconds to that amount on both sides, all equally bawling and violent.
Reply Obj. 2: Just as it is lawful to strike a person, or damnify him in his belongings for the purpose of correction, so too, for the purpose of correction, may one say a mocking word to a person whom one has to correct.
"Alexander commanded his soldiers neither to damnify Pindarus, the poet, nor any of his family."
Secondly, a man may damnify another by preventing him from obtaining what he was on the way to obtain.
Permissions to build were often given with modifying restrictions to the aspiring pew-builders, as for instance is recorded of the Haverhill church, "provided they would not build so high as to damnify and hinder the light of them windows," or of the Waterbury church, "if the pues will not progodish the hous."
In Haverhill, in 1708, young women were permitted to build pews, provided they did not "damnify the Stairway."
"Oh, very improper; it would be indeed, not only an aggravation, but a decided loss to the church, which would damnify it to that extent."
Then follow discussions, in which I damnify the traffick in human beings as much as possible.
Management of Satan, to damnify my precious Opportunities of Glorifying my