\ ˈdam(d) How to pronounce damned (audio) \
damneder\ ˈdam-​dər How to pronounce damneder (audio) \; damnedest or damndest\ ˈdam-​dəst How to pronounce damndest (audio) \

Definition of damned

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : damnable this damned smog
2 : complete, utter often used as an intensivea damned shame
3 : extraordinary used in the superlativethe damnedest contraption you ever saw



Definition of damned (Entry 2 of 2)

: extremely, very a damned good job

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Examples of damned in a Sentence

Adjective only a damned fool would say such a thing Adverb it's a damned fine day
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Conservatives, meanwhile, acknowledge that ceding culture to the left was a mistake: in the arts, broadcasting and higher education, Toryism is not just dead but damned. The Economist, "Bagehot The Tories launch a culture war," 3 Oct. 2020 One groundball to the right side, one damned sacrifice bunt. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: If the Reds did the small things yesterday, they could clinch today," 1 Oct. 2020 Some people are damned to always clap on the one and the three. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PHILIP MARTIN: Ansel Adams' pictures," 27 Sep. 2020 In the upper half, the silhouetted arches of the set loom above a frieze of loose white and pale blue brushstrokes—an evocation of the ecstatic dance of damned nuns, risen from the dead, that was the high point of Meyerbeer’s opera. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Degas at the Opéra’ Review: Painting en Pointe," 8 Sep. 2020 The Key to Hell, which the devil Lucifer gives to Morpheus after abandoning his post as ruler of demons and the damned. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Worlds collide in exclusive first look at Sandman / Locke & Key comic crossover," 19 Aug. 2020 Cleaning doesn’t kill germs, but lowers their number and risk by physically removing them from surfaces: Out, damned spot! Ali Francis, SELF, "The Best Cleaning Products for Tidying Your Space, According to Professionals," 9 July 2020 And there wasn't a damned thing anyone was going to do about it. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Jefferson Davis represented what is wrong with our country. Kentucky showed what is right," 13 June 2020 Living hand-to-mouth and with families to feed, many of these people still go out each day across Latin America, quarantines be damned. Matt Rivers, CNN, "The world's new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet," 30 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Be so damned vivid that Biden would look even paler than usual. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, "After that fiasco, Biden should refuse to debate Trump again," 30 Sep. 2020 This far into Netflix's existence, the subscription model is very clearly volume and has been, second quarter downturn excluded, working pretty damned well. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tim Goodman: A Bad Week Won't Kill Netflix," 23 July 2019 Remember, Nvidia revealed its Pascal GPU at GTC 2016 in the form of the Tesla P100, and that full-fat version eventually trickled down into the Titan Xp, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti coming damned close. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's monstrous Volta GPU appears, packed with 21 billion transistors and 5,120 cores," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of damned


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of damned was in 1596

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10 Oct 2020

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“Damned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damned. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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