12th cent. From Latin damnum 'id.'
From Proto-Italic *dapno- "loss." From Proto-Indo-European *dh2p-no- "expenditure." From root *deh2p- "to lose."
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Asturian dañu, Portuguese dano, Galician dano, Catalan dany, French dam; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Romanian daună; Sardinian dànnu
Semitic: East Semitic: Akkadian zību; Central Northwest Semitic: Ugaritic dbḥ, Hebrew zeḇaḥ; South Semitic: Ethiopian zabHa
Indo-European: Germanic: Old Norse tafn "sacrificial animal;" Armenian: tawn "feast;" Anatolian: Hittite tappala- "head cook""In historic times there remains only damnum with the derived sense of “injury sustained, what is taken away by forcible seizure.” It is the expense to which one is condemned by circumstances or by certain legal stipulations. The peasant spirit and the legal exactitude of the Romans transformed the ancient conception: ostentatious expenditure became no more than an outright expenditure, what constitutes a loss." ~ E. Benveniste, Indo-European Language and Society (1973)