\ˈdam \
damned; damning\ˈda-miŋ \

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


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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

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms for damn

Synonyms: Verb

censure, condemn, decry, denounce, execrate, reprehend, reprobate

Antonyms: Verb


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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

If such a report is damning against Trump, and if Democrats retake the House of Representatives in the fall, the chance of impeachment increases. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Giuliani: Mueller can interview Trump if he can prove the president committed a crime," 7 July 2018 Joe the New Yankee Joe the New Yankee was so great, but, like pretty much everyone God damn else, Carrie ended it because she was hung up on Big. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Sex and the City," 6 June 2018 Going from Double A to the majors is no easy task, yet everyone agrees that Guerrero’s bat is up to the challenge, age be damned, thanks to his advanced plate discipline and freakish raw power. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Three Players Limiting the Cubs, Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s Eruption and Ohtani's Filthy Splitter," 29 May 2018 But then, running up on to the stage for my curtain call at the end of the show, one of the loafers (damn Alexandra and her slightly wider feet) came flying off. Abby Kohn, Glamour, "What It's Like to Write a Movie About Confidence—When You Never Really Had Any," 20 Apr. 2018 Banister, though, said that Choo was going to hit for Rua in the eighth, streak be damned. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late?," 11 July 2018 After a nearly 10-hour closed-door interview with lawmakers two weeks ago, Republican lawmakers reportedly found Strzok’s answers to be damning for the FBI, while Democrats seemed to think that his misdeeds were being blown out of proportion. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Controversial FBI agent Peter Strzok’s upcoming hearing, explained," 11 July 2018 That quote turned the entrepreneur into a Silicon Valley caricature overnight, a cautionary note in think pieces foretelling the robot revolution, worker displacement be damned. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 This qualifies as damning with faint praise, but Thomas somehow represents an upgrade for the Nuggets. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What the Spurs do give a damn about is their inability to win on the road lately and an old bugaboo that resurfaced at the Staples Center: porous fourth quarter defense. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ road woes continue with fourth quarter meltdown," 4 Apr. 2018 The reason must be that no one in Microsoft actually gives a damn. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 Like how to know which damn shoes to wear with your pants. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Perfect Shoes for Every Pair of Pants You Own," 12 Apr. 2018 Fox News doesn’t give a damn about press watchdogs and Pulitzers. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Sean Hannity Will Remain Trump’s Shadow Chief of Staff," 19 Apr. 2018 My hope with this column is that policymakers will start giving a damn about these obedient lambs. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "Pa. suburban parents are in a child-care bind. What it says about society is not pretty | Maria Panaritis," 13 Mar. 2018 Von Anhalt still doesn't give a damn about what people say. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Prince' of Hollywood: Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Widower Reveals His Hustler Past as He Auctions Her Belongings," 8 Mar. 2018 There are a lotta 60-year-old men who have wrinkles, no hair, glasses, and nobody gives a damn. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Lamar Jackson's past at Louisville cannot foretell his future in the NFL," 3 Mar. 2018 When has a white man ever given a damn about a black woman’s feelings, well-being or life? Michael Harriot, The Root, "John Kelly Is a White Man," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

There are some things that are just too damn big to fit into our little brains: The scale of the universe, the size of a T-Rex, the amount of plastic in our oceans. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Plastic in Our Oceans Is a Travel Problem, Too: Travelogue Podcast," 8 June 2018 As midfielder Michael Lahoud said, nobody gives a damn how the team plays from here on out, and that's it's simply about finding as many points in the standings as possible. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati, Nashville SC play to scoreless tie in first-ever meeting," 7 July 2018 My fellow Swifties are losing their damn mind over this song!! refinery29.com, "Is Taylor Swift's Red Hair In "Babe" Low-key Shade?," 10 June 2018 Science After decades of research, scientists have finally figured out why an LSD high lasts so damn long. Blanca Myers, WIRED, "A Microguide to Microdosing Psychedelic Drugs," 26 June 2018 Forget wearing ponytails once a week — how does every damn day sound? Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "15 Times Celebrities Made The Ponytail Cool For Summer," 9 July 2018 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would continue to order giant ostrich eggs sprinkled with gold dust for breakfast, and Housing and Urban Development director Ben Carson would continue to think the rent was too damn low. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Year Already: So What Actually Happens if Trump Fires Mueller?," 17 May 2018 While growing it out, styling it this way with a bit of texturizing paste takes seconds — and looks damn-good no matter your number. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018 When The Joshua Tree turned 30, U2 hit the road for a special anniversary tour and played the whole damn album 50 times start to finish. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The unexpected resonance of Zooropa, U2’s least-remembered album, 25 years later," 5 July 2018

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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


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)

: anything at all



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

: very or extremely


\ˈdam \
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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