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damn

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verb \ˈdam\

Definition of damn

damned

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damning

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

  3. 2a :  to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect damned the storm for their delayb :  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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of damn

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


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noun \ˈdam\

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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of damn from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of damn

see 1damn


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damn

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adjective or adverb \ˈdam\

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 and Etymology of damn

see 1damn


DAMN Defined for English Language Learners

damn

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verb

Definition of damn for English Language Learners

  • —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

damn

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Definition of damn for English Language Learners

  • : anything at all

damn

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Definition of damn for English Language Learners

  • : very or extremely


DAMN Defined for Kids

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damn

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verb \ˈdam\

Definition of damn for Students

damned

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damning

  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\
variants: or

damned

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Definition of damn for Students

  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.


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