\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are some disqualifying metrics—anything less than fawning praise will damn them; hatred for Mitch McConnell is strongly preferred. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 Be big, run fast, jump high, do good around cones, and damn the game tape. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Both adore print and know their way around a logo—and damn if their joint show wasn’t the glammest event of the season as Naomi Campbell closed their Milan runway in Versace metal mesh, emblazoned with Fendi’s double-F’s. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2022 Swing wide, ye driver’s door of temptation: The interior space is cavernous, and its décor gorgeous and sophisticated, damn it. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 In his mind, this is his moment, his triumphal historical drama, and damn the cost. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2022 For Copperheads, the idea of us bearing up as fully men would damn near signal the apocalypse. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Familiarity does not damn this or any other promising approach to this play, because its circumstances are simply too strange. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 Others are trying to change careers, damn the consequences. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 16 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet prison consulting also involves dealing with a desolate human being who has lost almost everything — friends, family, money, reputation — and done it in such a way that no one gives a damn. New York Times, 7 June 2022 There isn’t any consensus behind radical reform of the tax code in general, still less consensus behind any particular radical reform, and even less consensus behind any particular radical reform that would be worth a damn. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 This is a life-or-death emergency that divides responsible gun owners and responsive lawmakers from people who just don’t seem to give a damn. Van Jones, CNN, 7 June 2022 Michelle is perfectly capable of saving her own damn self. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 10 Nov. 2021 What if the world were ending and no one gave a damn, including most of the people in a position to actually do something about it? Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 What if the world were ending and no one gave a damn, including most of the people in a position to actually do something about it? Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 The number of people who gave a damn about who got into Amherst, or Swarthmore, or Bowdoin was small enough that those schools could get away with being themselves. Matt Feeney, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2021 What the Ultimae brings is a few new visuals tics, some interior design twists, and some additional power from the no-damn-turbos, no-hybrid-kludges 6.5-liter V-12. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb And a lot of it is just finishing the damn book on time. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 13 July 2022 You and the farmer and his wife and all the pigs and chickens in the entire damn farm have been warned. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Although during her 2018 campaign Whitmer famously pledged to fix the damn roads, her 2019 proposal to increase the gas tax floundered in the Legislature. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 Above all, there was something about seeing a woman of color in her 50s — when so much of Hollywood rewards and celebrates youth — doing the damn thing and owning it all. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 18 June 2022 For Arnold, that looks like training six days a week, doing five sets of 20 reps for every damn exercise. Katie Dupere, Men's Health, 15 June 2022 It’s this banality — the purposeful obliviousness of the assumed safety of minding your damn business — that Payton Gendron allegedly hoped and prepared for. Damon Young, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Maybe next time go find your own damn office building. Erik Kain, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The thousands of Missourians who showed up today want to be able to live their own lives on their own terms and make their own damn choices. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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“Damn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damn. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for damn


\ 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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