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- (transitive, obsolete) To damn.
- (Can we date this quote?), Geoffrey Chaucer
- 1547, Anne Askew, The lattre examinacyon of Anne Askewe in 1996, Elaine V. Beilin, The Examinations of Anne Askew, Oxford University Press, page 86:
- But lete them be ware least they dampne not their owne wretched sowles.
- Sir Thomas Wyat (1503 – 1542), Certayne Psalmes in 1810, Samuel Johnson, The Works of the English Poets: from Chaucer to Cowper, volume 2, page 395:
- But when he wayeth the fault, and recompence, / He dampneth this hys dede and fyndeth playne / Atwene them two no whytt equiualence: […]
- Thomas Cranmer (1489 – 1556), Certayne Psalmes in 1836, Richard Challoner, Modern British Martyrology, Keating, Brown & Co., page 58:
- For hereby shall be a great occasion to satisfie the Princess Dowager and the Lady Mary, which doe thinke that they sholde dampne thair sowles if thay sholde abandon and relinquish thair astats.