\ ˈdam(d) How to pronounce damned (audio) \
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

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 One shook Petco Park’s home clubhouse, where the limitations-be-damned addition of 23-year-old, bat-wielding superstar Juan Soto stunned. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 This attractive exterior hides some damned impressive stretch thanks to a 25-percent nylon and three-percent lycra blend. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 17 July 2022 Meanwhile, as the tension ratchets, Pierre-Philippe Côté’s score leans on disquieting choral music that sounds like a hymnal for the damned. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 20 July 2022 For Dante Alighieri, the Florentine poet who died 700 years ago, the answer to these questions was an emphatic no—no matter how sympathetic the damned might be. John-paul Heil, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2021 One damned thing after another has made investing seem hopeless over the past six months, but growth cycles are followed by value cycles–no differently than bear markets are followed by bulls. James Berman, Forbes, 4 July 2022 The luxury reseller estimated its retail value at $1,580, listed it for sale at $525 — and I’ll be damned but someone actually bought it at that price. Alesandra Dubin, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 Mystery Science Theater 3000 proves that sometimes a premise is just too damned good to die. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2022 What the Ultimae fixes from previous Aventadors is not a damned thing. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Damned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damned. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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