\ ˈdam How to pronounce damn (audio) \
damned; damning\ ˈda-​miŋ How to pronounce damning (audio) \

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

Other than that, there wasn’t a lot to discern from the Bumgarner who helped the Giants to three championships and the one who is out there now, win-loss record be damned. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Giants ride Bumgarner’s 11 strikeouts to win over Rockies," 25 June 2019 Dorsey apparently loves his home, vertigo-inducing vistas be damned. Variety, The Mercury News, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey scoops up $22 million San Francisco house next door," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, the stats are damning for Premier League sides against La Liga teams. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho 'Received Applause From Sevilla Players' After Congratulating Team for UCL Victory," 15 Mar. 2018 Seriously, who wouldn't want to dig in a place so baroquely decorated, deathly warnings be damned? Tim Heffernan, Popular Mechanics, "Finland's Crazy Plan to Make Nuclear Waste Disappear," 10 May 2012 But after what some criticized as a racist marketing campaign, and what appeared to be damning leaked messages from brand co-founder Stefano Gabbana, the event was abruptly canceled. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "A Dolce & Gabbana show was canceled after racist online messages leaked," 21 Nov. 2018 Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the NYT’s damning Facebook story proved its point. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018 While Maturin’s Melmoth has simply sold his soul to the devil, Ms. Perry knows that the bargains that really damn us are far more subtle than that. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Melmoth’ Review: The Wanderer Returns," 11 Oct. 2018 Come hell or high water or 90-degree temperatures and biting flies, the show must go on—and smile, damn it. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "The Tempel Lipizzans show off their mastery of equine ballet," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Here, eight designers remind us of the importance of giving a damn. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Fashion Labels Made Voting Merch and Now They’re Sharing Why They’re Headed to the Polls Tomorrow," 5 Nov. 2018 None of that matters a damn to the leaders of Walker’s pet legislature. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Ethics Issues? Just Torpedo the Ethics Committee!," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

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 And literally none of your friends are even going to notice how much work and expense went into the damn thing. Bon Appétit, "30-Something Dinner Parties Are the Best Dinner Parties," 12 June 2019 The doctors didn’t know diddly squat, and the motion sickness pills don’t work worth a damn. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Astronauts, in Their Own Words," 20 May 2019 But those measures, along with natural changes like the conversion of some forests to grasslands, won’t do a damn thing to protect us in the near term from what may be the greatest hazard to human health in our new climate: smoke. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 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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