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


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 Certainly, the Brewers could damn the torpedoes and go get Josh Donaldson – along with the $57 million or so remaining on his contract. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 In other words, after 15 months of enforced silence, damn it if the return of live music wasn’t going to feel as sexily alive and life-affirming as possible. Darryn King, Forbes, 6 July 2021 In Game 5, though, Budenholzer decided to damn the torpedoes and just switch everything from the jump, even with Lopez on the court. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 Boasting about a better performance than Trump is to damn with faint praise, especially where Putin is concerned. Garry Kasparov, CNN, 19 June 2021 Thought Madewell was just for cozy knitwear and damn good denim? Erin Parker, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 The euphoria over the first major cryptocurrency player to go public is of a piece with the damn-the-fundamentals craze that's spawned the Tesla phenomenon and pushed U.S. equities to near-bubble territory. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021 When Ethan Allen was expiring, people said to him, ‘Ethan, the angels expect you,’ and Ethan said, ‘God damn them. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Merely to describe the bill is to damn it, and describing it is a Herculean task in itself. The Editors, National Review, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just as politicians don’t pay attention to protesters, sports organizations don’t give one damn about what fans want. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 No one at Halas Hall ever has doubted Montgomery’s give-a-damn. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Nobody’s going to give a damn about November of 2018 when the new season starts. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 Even if Belmonte and David find a substance that rejuvenates stem cells the perfect, Goldilocks amount, there will likely be unexpected side effects—for the hip bone is connected not only to the thigh bone but to every other damn bone. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Others were simply holding on in the current systems, struggling to hold on to their land and their connection to it, in a system that doesn’t give a damn for them. James Rebanks, Time, 5 Aug. 2021 Even if Belmonte and David find a substance that rejuvenates stem cells the perfect, Goldilocks amount, there will likely be unexpected side effects—for the hip bone is connected not only to the thigh bone but to every other damn bone. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 But Mad Girl Summer is more specifically about women expressing their frustrations publicly, honestly, and not giving a hot-and-humid damn what anyone else thinks about it. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 1 July 2021 The real amusement simply comes from chatting up the menagerie of anthropomorphic animals who are generally some combination of jaded, guarded and broken, with a touch of don’t-give-a-damn. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb For starters, and most important, these have been some damn dark days. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Well, Universal Pro-Retinol did the damn trick and my skin was noticeably more smooth, glowy, and overall more even after two weeks — and my makeup honestly glided on like silk. Sarah Han, Allure, 31 Aug. 2021 The inflatable lips in the pool were an especially nice touch, as was Dorti’s gorgeous Gaultier dress that was all ruffles, buckles, straps, swirls, nude cut outs, and not one damn conspicuous label in sight. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Actually the only ones that say that are damn Vikings fans. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2021 The spread of the Delta variant proves this damn thing can’t be licked by defiance or politics. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021 That means diligence, caution--and getting the damn shot. Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 The whole damn staff—his staff!—of collectors was giggling, hunched in slightly odd positions and refusing to get up from their desks. Matthew Hongoltz-hetling, The New Republic, 23 June 2021 You’ll be teleported back 15 seconds, equipped with text at the bottom of the screen revealing what those damn Blinders are up to this time. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 19 June 2021

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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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“Damn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damn. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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)

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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