References in classic literature ?
That's abominable of you, Socrates; you take the words in the sense which is most damaging to the argument.
You've made two damaging admissions, and I'm heartily with you in both.
To Frederic Larsan this cane must mean a piece of very damaging evidence.
Let us beware of awakening those dead ones, and of damaging those living coffins!
And indeed it was well thought upon; for now (suppose things to go the very worst) how could Rankeillor swear to my friend's identity, or how be made to bear damaging evidence against myself?