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Definition of damn

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to condemn to a punishment or fate especially : to condemn to hell
2a : 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
3 : to bring ruin on
4 : to swear at : curse often used to express annoyance, disgust, or surprise damn him, he should have been carefulI'll be damned



Definition of damn (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the utterance of the word damn as a curse
2 : a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) : the least bit don't give a damn

Definition of damn (Entry 3 of 3)

: damned a damn nuisance ran damn fast
damn well
: beyond doubt or question : certainly knew damn well what would happen

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Examples of damn in a Sentence


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 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 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 He damned them for their stupidity. damned the car for once again breaking down


I don't want to hear about your problems—I just don't give a damn.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beto additionally goes further in damning the United States as essentially governed by ideas of white supremacy both now and in its past. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’," 12 Aug. 2019 Make-ahead friendly, incredibly versatile, and damn pretty to look at. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Healthy summer dinners you can make without turning on the oven," 31 July 2019 But the biggest revelation from his testimony was his staunch assertion that Russians and other foreign adversaries would attempt election interference in 2020; damning, to be sure, but hardly ripe ground for impeachment. Alana Abramson, Time, "Mueller's Testimony Didn't Shift the Debate on Impeachment. But the Issue Isn't Going Away," 26 July 2019 Then there was that top secret Giambattista Valli couture capsule which damn near broke the internet. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "H&M Will Debut Its First Chinese Designer Capsule Collection This Fall," 23 July 2019 During the biggest holiday of the year—a buy-one-get-one-free sale at the mall—a thirteen-year-old named Tristan is separated from his parents and accidentally enters a village of the damned through a portal in Hot Topic. Wes Marfield, The New Yorker, "Pixar Movies for Grownups," 21 June 2019 The unredacted portions of the report are damning enough. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller’s Mind," 22 July 2019 Dear White People really is an exploration of humanity and beauty and people and places, damn it. Darren Franich, EW.com, "All the reasons Dear White People season 3 is one of the best shows of the year," 19 July 2019 But name-calling and shaming seem to me too often expressions of a certain smugness and self-righteousness on the part of the accuser, acts that too often simply seek to separate us into saved and damned, sheep and goats. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those big-city politicians making laws in Sacramento, many people here are convinced, don’t give one damn about a place like Needles. Los Angeles Times, "This California town wants to be a 2nd Amendment ‘sanctuary city’ for guns and ammo," 1 Aug. 2019 Boneless skinless chicken breasts don’t give a damn about their bad reputation. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "You'll Never Look at Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast the Same After Making This Stir Fry," 24 July 2019 And who would give one damn about such a meaningless event? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "NBA free agency: What will Durant, Leonard, Irving do?," 29 June 2019 The newest incarnation of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9SD ups the ante with Intel’s newest 6-core 9th gen Core i7-9750H, along with Nvidia’s gift to those who just don’t give a damn about ray tracing: A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti," 6 June 2019 To some, the vans are a weekly insult from executives in Edinburgh and London who don’t give a damn. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Scotland is on the front line in the fight against “cash deserts”," 31 May 2019 Fast ten, slow twenty is a dictum that breeds recklessness in damn near every other aspect of our lives. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Indeed, public opinion is now so hopelessly cocooned that the president is under investigation for colluding with our primary geopolitical foe and more than half the country doesn’t give a damn. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 For the most part, conservatives who have had issues with the Trump administration’s agenda have either kept their mouths shut or praised the MAGA agenda with faint damn. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Koch Brothers To Spend Millions Fighting Against Trump’s Trade War Agenda," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

And at least a black woman got to ask a damn question. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Who Won the Democratic Debate?: raceAhead," 1 Aug. 2019 Before the controversy, black folks in Baltimore didn’t a damn about Freddie Gray. Armond White, National Review, "The Baltimore Culture Wars: A History," 31 July 2019 Too many who show up for the ribbon cutting without building anything worth a damn. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Here’s what Apple CEO Tim Cook told Stanford grads about accountability and responsibility," 17 June 2019 Logistics had to be accomplished, the wave had to be ignored, and Souleye still had to go unlock the damn door so the midwife could join them. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 More: Flat Michigan revenue means no easy way for Whitmer to 'fix the damn roads' The Blue Water Bridge is actually two bridges, since the original span, opened to traffic in 1938, was twinned with a second bridge that opened to traffic in 1997. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "GOP wants to explore selling Blue Water Bridge, other assets to fix Michigan roads," 5 June 2019 But that barely scratches the surface of its impact on teams, internet culture and, most importantly of all, my own damn life. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Slack is ruining my life and I love it," 20 June 2019 There are a growing number of examples that both laud and damn facial recognition software. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "California could become first to limit facial recognition technology, police aren't happy," 16 June 2019 The Hollywood couple is currently on an epic group getaway to Thailand and the entire squad is living their best damn lives. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Kevin and Eniko Hart's Thailand Getaway Is Straight Travel Squad Goals," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of damn


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective or adverb

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for damn

Verb, Noun, and Adjective or adverb

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

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English Language Learners Definition of damn

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of damn (Entry 2 of 3)

informal + impolite : anything at all



English Language Learners Definition of damn (Entry 3 of 3)

informal + impolite
used to show that you are angry, annoyed, surprised, etc.


\ ˈdam How to pronounce damn (audio) \
damned; damning

Kids Definition of damn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to condemn to everlasting punishment especially in hell
2 : to declare to be bad or a failure
3 : to swear at : curse


variants: or damned \ ˈdamd \

Kids Definition of damn (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : very bad the damn weather
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.

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