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damn

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verb \ˈdam\

Simple Definition of damn

  • —used to show that you are angry or annoyed at a person, thing, or situation

  • —used to say in a forceful way that you do not care about something

  • : to send (someone) to hell as punishment after death

Full Definition of damn

damneddamn·ing play \ˈda-miŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to condemn to a punishment or fate; especially :  to condemn to hell

  3. 2 a :  to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect <damned the storm for their delay> b :  to condemn as a failure by public criticism

  4. 3 :  to bring ruin on

  5. 4 :  to swear at :  curse —often used to express annoyance, disgust, or surprise <damn him, he should have been careful> <I'll be damned>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  curse, swear

Examples of damn

  1. But it is functional talk for the purpose of conveying information, not, as often in the case of Waugh, for entertaining his audience, humdrum veracity be damned. —Robert Murray Davis, Commonweal, 5 June 2009

  2. Congress demanded an immediate investigation and over the next year held dramatic hearings, launched a variety of inquests, and produced several pounds of reports that condemned FEMA. One report damned the agency as a dumping ground for political appointees … —Christopher Cooper & Robert Block, Disaster, 2006

  3. No American war has been more roundly damned than the Mexican. Within months after its outbreak Whigs and abolitionists accused Polk of plotting the ambush on the Rio Grande and misrepresenting the facts in order to stampede the nation into a war of conquest … —Walter A. McDougall, Promised Land, Crusader State, 1997

  4. He damned them for their stupidity.

  5. <damned the car for once again breaking down>



Origin of damn

Middle English dampnen, from Anglo-French dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum damage, loss, fine


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with damn


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damn

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noun \ˈdam\

Simple Definition of damn

  • : anything at all

Full Definition of damn

  1. 1 :  the utterance of the word damn as a curse

  2. 2 :  a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) :  the least bit <don't give a damn>

Examples of damn

  1. <I don't want to hear about your problems—I just don't give a damn.>



Origin of damn

(see 1damn)


First Known Use: 1619


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damn

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adjective or adverb \ˈdam\

Simple Definition of damn

  • : very or extremely

Full Definition of damn

  1. :  damned <a damn nuisance> <ran damn fast>

damn well
  1. :  beyond doubt or question :  certainly <knew damn well what would happen>

Origin of damn

(see 1damn)


First Known Use: 1775



DAMN Defined for Kids

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damn

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verb \ˈdam\

Definition of damn

damneddamn·ing

  1. 1 :  to condemn to everlasting punishment especially in hell

  2. 2 :  to declare to be bad or a failure

  3. 3 :  to swear at :  curse




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damn

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adjective \ˈdamd\

Definition of damn

  1. 1 :  very bad <the damn weather>

  2. 2 —used to make a statement more forceful <These bugs are a damned nuisance.> Hint: This word is considered impolite, and you may offend people by using it.



Variants of damn

or damned \ˈdamd\

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