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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 surprisedamn 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


adjective or adverb

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

Verb 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 Noun 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 But people should not go out there and damn the consequences. Ashley Laderer, SELF, "Just How Risky Is It to Go to the Pool, Anyway?," 6 Aug. 2020 Your gut might be telling you that pho should be noodles and fresh garnishes in a hot broth, damn the pretenders, and pizza should never intersect with it. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Pho on my pizza? It's more likely than you think," 3 Aug. 2020 Invoking the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday mandating that American meat production keep running at all costs—workers and grave threats to public health be damned. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Give Me Meat and Give Them Death," 29 Apr. 2020 The upshot of the superstition is that, real bodies be damned, some implicit spiritual theatrical event is always under way, wherever there’s a stage. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 What's more hopeful that a couple deciding to tie the knot, global pandemic be damned!? Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "5 Coronavirus Engagement Stories To Make You Smile," 27 Apr. 2020 While most sports leagues have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL, UFC and WWE have pushed on — virus be damned. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: UFC, NFL, WWE need to stop fighting the truth," 3 Apr. 2020 Below, Rufino's tips for a table that will have your guests itching to sit down, cocktail hour be damned. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Mix and Match New and Vintage China," 24 Mar. 2020 Rather than damning for any particular form of string theory, the researchers say this was really a special opportunity to test these theories firsthand. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Experiment Weakens String Theory, but Doesn't Disprove It," 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What could possibly be the problem with a city’s liberalizing its own damn zoning code to allow more types of housing to be built in more places? Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Deregulate the Suburbs," 20 Aug. 2020 The Oculus Quest currently reigns as our pick for the best future-proof VR headset, thanks to its PC-or-not versatility, and to its being the first untethered headset that’s worth a damn. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account," 18 Aug. 2020 Mark Cuban and Dan DeVos don’t give a damn and never will. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "The Dismal Politics of the Sports World’s “Wokest” League," 1 Aug. 2020 Olympic gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta wants people to ‘give a damn’ about the fight for Black equality. oregonlive, "What will the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships look like? Oregon track & field rundown," 12 June 2020 People felt like they were marooned in impoverished, dangerous neighborhoods by whites who couldn't give a damn about how many of them were murdered. John Blake, CNN, "I covered the Rodney King and Freddie Gray riots. This moment feels different. That's why I'm afraid," 12 June 2020 There's a few of them that do, but there's a lot of them that really don't give a damn... Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Vanderpump Rules' fires four amid cry for racial equality: Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute are out," 9 June 2020 The average building designer doesn’t seem to give a damn about it. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Hollow corkscrews may put a cork in noisy ventilation," 14 Apr. 2020 The signature of her work is a restless reinvention and a distrust of groupthink that remains true to her forebear’s directive: to not give a damn. David Wallace, The New Yorker, "Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving a Damn," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb This year has a lot of us craving comfort and nostalgia—and ways to ease the tedium of making our own food all the damn time. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Crustless Sandwich Maker Is the Best $13 I’ve Spent in 2020," 16 Sep. 2020 Or how about giving our teachers a damn bonus for having to teach some kids virtually and other kids in the classroom? Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "OCPS football parents are COVID crazy for fighting testing | Commentary," 15 Sep. 2020 These damn Republicans remind of the politics of the ’60s. chicagotribune.com, "Speak Out reader comments: U-46 needs to save money, Kenosha shooting stirs up opposing views, Biden’s silence," 2 Sep. 2020 The best months of the year are here again, and it’s about damn time. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Why Hunting Is More Important Than Ever for Your Mental Health," 1 Sep. 2020 In Mexico, however, opportunities were disappearing faster than that damn wall coming down. Kerri Arsenault, The New York Review of Books, "My Eighty-Six Jobs," 1 Sep. 2020 Below, ordered from small on up, readers of all sizes share their favorite comfiest, IDGAF bras for work from home, lounging, and just living your damn life. Malia Griggs, SELF, "23 of the Comfiest Bras, According to Women of All Bust Sizes," 22 Aug. 2020 After all, the two governors were elected in 2018 and used a similar battle cry: Fix the damn roads. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Swing state governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Tony Evers of Wisconsin size up Democrats' prospects," 20 Aug. 2020 In that case, your best bet is melting the damn thing. James Stout, Popular Mechanics, "How to Topple a Statue Using Science," 15 June 2020

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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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The first known use of damn was in the 13th century

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17 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Damn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damn. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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 forcefulThese bugs are a damned nuisance.
Hint: This word is considered impolite, and you may offend people by using it.

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