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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 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

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

Go to a Twitter thread Ohrnberger posted beginning at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, a personal and profound explanation of the realities when uncommon caring and caution-be-damned intersect in the rugged world of the NFL. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ex-Chargers lineman Rich Ohrnberger sheds light on Andrew Luck decision," 27 Aug. 2019 Fifteen years later, the song is still as powerful, mom’s spaghetti be damned. Aly Semigran, Billboard, "The 10 Best & 10 Worst Oscar-Winning Songs," 28 Feb. 2018 Especially especially in 2019, when the phone in your pocket can damn near do the same thing. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat," 20 July 2019 Beto additionally goes further in damning the United States as essentially governed by ideas of white supremacy both now and in its past. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How Robert O’Rourke Became ‘Beto’," 12 Aug. 2019 Make-ahead friendly, incredibly versatile, and damn pretty to look at. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Healthy summer dinners you can make without turning on the oven," 31 July 2019 But the biggest revelation from his testimony was his staunch assertion that Russians and other foreign adversaries would attempt election interference in 2020; damning, to be sure, but hardly ripe ground for impeachment. Alana Abramson, Time, "Mueller's Testimony Didn't Shift the Debate on Impeachment. But the Issue Isn't Going Away," 26 July 2019 Then there was that top secret Giambattista Valli couture capsule which damn near broke the internet. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "H&M Will Debut Its First Chinese Designer Capsule Collection This Fall," 23 July 2019 During the biggest holiday of the year—a buy-one-get-one-free sale at the mall—a thirteen-year-old named Tristan is separated from his parents and accidentally enters a village of the damned through a portal in Hot Topic. Wes Marfield, The New Yorker, "Pixar Movies for Grownups," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This concept wrapped deftly around a universe where one alien had sneaked onto the planet Earth—with the Vasquez twist that nobody other than the two main characters (the alien, Zim, and his Mulder-like rival, Dib) gave a damn. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus," 16 Aug. 2019 But for the last three years, we've been consumed by a president who frankly doesn't give a damn about your kids or mine. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 31, 2019," 1 Aug. 2019 Those big-city politicians making laws in Sacramento, many people here are convinced, don’t give one damn about a place like Needles. Los Angeles Times, "This California town wants to be a 2nd Amendment ‘sanctuary city’ for guns and ammo," 1 Aug. 2019 Boneless skinless chicken breasts don’t give a damn about their bad reputation. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "You'll Never Look at Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast the Same After Making This Stir Fry," 24 July 2019 And who would give one damn about such a meaningless event? Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "NBA free agency: What will Durant, Leonard, Irving do?," 29 June 2019 The newest incarnation of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9SD ups the ante with Intel’s newest 6-core 9th gen Core i7-9750H, along with Nvidia’s gift to those who just don’t give a damn about ray tracing: A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti," 6 June 2019 To some, the vans are a weekly insult from executives in Edinburgh and London who don’t give a damn. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Scotland is on the front line in the fight against “cash deserts”," 31 May 2019 Fast ten, slow twenty is a dictum that breeds recklessness in damn near every other aspect of our lives. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

Luckily, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a crack team of meteorologists that fly not near a hurricane, but right into the damn thing with a repurposed submarine-hunting aircraft. Wired, "Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes," 13 Sep. 2019 The problem is everyone wants the whole damn pie and can’t find a way to slice it up. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Free of federal restraints for more than a year, Connecticut remains unable to establish regulated sports gambling," 4 Aug. 2019 One thing that does not appear in the piece is an analysis of the merits of the damn bill. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "'Bipartisan' Does Not Inherently Mean 'Good'," 7 Mar. 2018 No British person would ever tell Minoo to stop the damn moping. Dina Nayeri, Longreads, "When Your Social Worker Thinks You’re Ungrateful," 29 Aug. 2019 Lo and behold, this stranger turned out to be a lesbian—and a damn good cook, too. Samantha Allen, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Be an LGBTQ+ Ally While Traveling," 21 Aug. 2019 The van brought all of them together on that day, that's for damn sure, man. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "'American Pickers' Host Explains Finding Aerosmith's Pre-Fame Tour Van - And Saving It," 10 July 2019 The Cut’s advice column, written by Heather Havrilesky—answered a question this morning about a very similar damn thing! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Hot New Trend Alert: Poisoning Your Son’s Wife," 7 Aug. 2019 And at least a black woman got to ask a damn question. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Who Won the Democratic Debate?: raceAhead," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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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 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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