\ ˈdam How to pronounce damn (audio) \
damned; damning\ ˈda-​miŋ How to pronounce damn (audio) \

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


adjective or adverb

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

Verb 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 Noun 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 Thought Madewell was just for cozy knitwear and damn good denim? Erin Parker, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 The euphoria over the first major cryptocurrency player to go public is of a piece with the damn-the-fundamentals craze that's spawned the Tesla phenomenon and pushed U.S. equities to near-bubble territory. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021 When Ethan Allen was expiring, people said to him, ‘Ethan, the angels expect you,’ and Ethan said, ‘God damn them. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Merely to describe the bill is to damn it, and describing it is a Herculean task in itself. The Editors, National Review, 8 Mar. 2021 Now Konchalovsky has confounded us yet again, damn him, by coming up with his masterpiece. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2020 For a generation so prone to damn the past by the standards of the present, what will our grandchildren say about us in 50 years, we who have aborted 2,000 to 3,000 infants a day? Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 2 Nov. 2020 Those who put their children in private academies damn public charter schools. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 8 Oct. 2020 But people should not go out there and damn the consequences. Ashley Laderer, SELF, 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The real amusement simply comes from chatting up the menagerie of anthropomorphic animals who are generally some combination of jaded, guarded and broken, with a touch of don’t-give-a-damn. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Ned’s struggle for intimate connection and commitment became one with his fight to get the world to give a damn about dying gay men. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 An entire generation of non-white filmmakers is potentially being set up to fail because they are being tasked with fronting franchises audiences about which audiences no longer give a damn. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Dark Fate failed because audiences didn’t give a damn about another Terminator movie. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Carrie Fisher’s brave, I’ll-rescue-my-own-damn-self princess! Ew Staff, EW.com, 4 May 2021 Jazz isn’t exactly a popular genre these days, but Goldblum doesn’t seem to give a damn. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 Milioti is most compelling as this Hazel, her delicate-doll face belying the ferocity of a woman who's always had to take care of her own damn self. EW.com, 19 Mar. 2021 With this topic now under the table, what will talking heads head for every single damn morning? ... Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Luka jump on over the fence and found out the dog that was barking wasn’t nothing but a damn Pomeranian and went got his ball! Dallas News, 3 June 2021 It’s part of the reason some folks lose their damn minds when an athlete speaks out about an issue of justice that impacts them and their community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2021 May none of their starring critters show up to join you like those damn cicadas. Sarah Sprague, EW.com, 28 May 2021 Queen Naija and Ari Lennox are dynamic and beautiful while at the same damn time, fiercely chaotic. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 28 May 2021 Advocates are just like, ‘Schedule the damn legislation to be heard! Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 That woman held that gun out in front of her for a long damn time. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Apr. 2021 And that’s unfortunate because, despite all the drama, Max marks its one-year anniversary next week in damn good shape. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 20 May 2021 All right, give me that damn hat,’ and everyone starts getting a little more fired up. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of damn was in the 13th century

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2 May 2021

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“Damn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damn. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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