\ ˈdam(d) How to pronounce damned (audio) \
damneder\ ˈdam-​dər How to pronounce damneder (audio) \; damnedest or damndest\ -​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 intensive a damned shame
3 : extraordinary used in the superlative the damnedest contraption you ever saw


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Definition of damned (Entry 2 of 2)

: extremely, very a damned good job

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Examples of damned in a Sentence


only a damned fool would say such a thing


it's a damned fine day

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With Matty Bovan, Richard Quinn, and Michael Halpern all in that same Central Saint Martins MA dress-and-be-damned vanguard, there is certain to be more of that ilk to come. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 Some runners, for example, try to blaze through the game as fast as possible, completion rates be damned, while others try to finish every single part of the game. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing," 15 Dec. 2018 This is ageism-be-damned, a fact not lost on the likes of Sephora and Club Monaco, which have flocked to collaborate with her. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Microbiologist Turned Personal Trainer Grece Ghanem Is Instagram’s New Icon of Ageless Style," 5 Sep. 2018 Competition be damned, that act qualifies as one of America’s finest examples of culinary charity. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The 2018 Draft's We-Told-You-So Team: College Stars the NFL Shouldn't Sleep On," 2 Apr. 2018 Even if the new stuff doesn’t need it and the van gets fuller by the minute, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, will still tour with that damned empty suitcase. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Shakey Graves on Hanging Up His Cowboy Hat With New Album 'Can't Wake Up'," 3 May 2018 This will apply to batters, as well, so drop a few gentle hints to the dawdlers who waste everybody’s time adjusting their equipment and pondering the meaning of life after every damned pitch. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "A wish list for the 2018 baseball season," 24 Mar. 2018 It is said that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "LeBron 30,000: Points only part of the story: Bill Livingston (photos)," 23 Jan. 2018 But murky rules be damned: A study published last week by the University of York suggests that a smile might actually be more effective at preventing identity fraud, as reported by the The Independent—take that, TSA. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "There's a New Reason to Smile in Your Passport Photo," 28 June 2018

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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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