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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DAMPS

Yes; and I dare say we shall all have the fever, from the damps and bad smells of this place.

It chills me more than the damps of night, to which I am accustomed.

Wretched days of fogs and mists and damps were almost unknown.

Very glorious was the atmosphere, for there were no fogs, no mists, no damps.

Again she kissed his brow, and with her hair wiped from it the damps of night.

Whether the Mine be troubled with Damps, and of what kind they are?

Must the glow of indignation mingle with the damps of death?

The money spent, down they sink again into damps and darkness.

Philosophy, while it soothes the reason, damps the ambition.

Meanwhile the rats are devouring them, and the damps destroying them.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.