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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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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

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 Then Trump nominated her to be ambassador to Singapore, but her nomination needed to be withdrawn when damning emails implicated her in the Russia scandal and imperiled her Senate confirmation. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump may hire multiple cable news personalities as part of shake-up," 16 Mar. 2018 The report, a draft of which was circulated in 2016 by the National Bureau of Economic Research, offers damning evidence that black juveniles bear the brunt of unexpected losses, especially if the judge graduated from LSU. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "After an LSU football upset, judges give black juveniles longer sentences, study says," 5 June 2018 As evidenced by the whirlwind of damning evidence released within the past 24 hours, Tristan Thompson is hard proof that old habits die hard, or not at all. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Let Me Lead You Through the Darkness of Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s Relationship," 11 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

Tiny living just took the coolest twist of all damn time. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "NBD, But This Camper Turns Into a Boat," 26 July 2018 Don’t want to hear another damn thing about Jordan comparisons again. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "The Art of the GOAT Debate: MJ vs. LeBron Examined," 11 June 2018 And while opening the doors of Kensington Palace to stumble out onto a pile of gifts is probably pretty nice, the couple can't keep a damn thing. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship So Far," 31 May 2018 From riding on camels through the desert to candlelit dinners, Genevieve and Christian know how to throw a damn good wedding. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Genevieve Gorder's Dreamy Moroccan Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 This brings up a good point, which is that there is something to be said for the way original judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul’s frequent squabbling in the audition process made for damn good, explosive TV. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Katy Perry Flashes The Camera in a Censored Moment (Critic's Take)," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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


see damn entry 1

Adjective or adverb

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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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