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

Definition of damned

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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 But no one is paying me nearly enough to write three separate manifestos — one per hour — about this damned franchise. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella, builds the field as a haven for the damned, but lots of other old-timers (all white) also show up to play. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The present moment is wedged between damned pasts and possible futures. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 2 Aug. 2021 Americans are predestined—saved or damned, depending on the color of their skin. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 19 July 2021 The car scenes are rough, authentic, and often deeply compelling — mainly because the fresh-faced Bridges is so damned charismatic. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 But John Lee’s False Positive, a new gloss on the material starring Ilana Glazer (who also co-wrote it) and Justin Theroux, may as well be that child born of Rosemary: damned, ugly and misbegotten. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2021 The Liszt was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, and commentators have imagined its contrasting themes representing cries of the damned in Hell and visions of heavenly bliss. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 23 June 2021 But the lockdowns of recent months gave us the luxury of enough time to fully notice this absence within our otherwise pretty-damned comprehensive archive of 21st-century fashion shows. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Damned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damned. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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