damned

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adjective

damneder ˈdam-dər How to pronounce damned (audio) ; damnedest or damndest ˈdam-dəst How to pronounce damned (audio)
1
: damnable
this damned smog
2
: complete, utter
often used as an intensive
a damned shame
3
: extraordinary
used in the superlative
the damnedest contraption you ever saw

damned

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adverb

: extremely, very
a damned good job

Example Sentences

Adjective only a damned fool would say such a thing Adverb it's a damned fine day
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
This Machine Still Kills Fascists continues the band’s long tradition of fighting for the working folk, carrying Woody’s legacy through every damned track. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Dec. 2022 From damned souls to sacrificial demigods, the characters in these books are caught in snares from page one, which only makes their struggles to escape their fates that much more compelling. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2022 Are the words of a young man, already damned, looking for somebody to love. Vulture, 14 Oct. 2022 But diet be damned – sort of – when his mom is cooking. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2022 Though the shooting got in the way of some of his initial plans, he’ll be damned if anything stops him now. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2022 It’s just so raw and torturous to write those damned cards. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 Dante's 'Inferno' is a journey to hell and back Written more than 700 years ago, this terrifying epic poem is filled with damned souls, including Cleopatra, Judas Iscariot, and Dante's own enemies. History, 24 Oct. 2022 Dante's 'Inferno' is a journey to hell and back Written more than 700 years ago, this terrifying epic poem is filled with damned souls, including Cleopatra, Judas Iscariot, and Dante's own enemies. Travel, 24 Oct. 2022
Adverb
Funny at times, for sure, but still pretty damned disturbing. Will Harris, EW.com, 20 Jan. 2023 And its death is both spectacular as well as just plain old damned weird. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2012 But despite the lingering feeling that there could be something more there, God of War Ragnarök is still damned good. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2022 That said, if The Club can take two in Minneapolis, a 5-4 roadie will look pretty damned good. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 22 June 2021 The Duro was purpose-built for right-hand use and, at 8.5 ounces, left me damned thirsty on a 12-mile test run, but this handheld deserves both respect and a spot on this list. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 12 June 2021 Be so damned vivid that Biden would look even paler than usual. Frank Bruni New York Times, Star Tribune, 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, 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, 10 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damned was in 1596

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“Damned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damned. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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