Definition of damn in English:

damn

verb

[with object]
  • 1be damned(in Christian belief) be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell.

    ‘I treated her badly and I'll be damned to hell for it’
    • ‘Those who receive the mark, according to Scripture, are damned to eternal punishment.’
    • ‘Mephistophilis is one of the angels who conspired with Lucifer and was damned to hell.’
    • ‘If God was so loving why were people who committed suicide immediately damned to hell.’
    • ‘Faustus is ultimately damned and falls to hell.’
    • ‘They were taught that even to question it will damn them to hell.’
    1. 1.1Be doomed to misfortune or failure.
      ‘the enterprise was damned’
      • ‘Where the substance is glorified in this disc, the style, unfortunately, is damned.’
      • ‘It was not the country that was damned but the settler who felt in his heart that he was damned.’
      • ‘This isn't to say the project was damned, but rather the fact that it's more difficult to create a compelling work when it's based on music with no clear emotional ambit.’
      ill-fated, doomed, blighted, ill-omened, foredoomed, infelicitous
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  • 2Criticize strongly.

    ‘the book damns her husband’
    • ‘One of his friends has recently been publicly damned for his recreational drug habits.’
    • ‘These, then, are the ‘teenage tearaways’ demonised in sections of the press, and frequently damned by politicians seeking a cheap populist soundbite.’
    • ‘Despite being damned as ‘failing’ as little as two years ago, the latest inspectors' report said conditions had been turned around by the prison's new governor.’
    • ‘The country is either damned as a greedy imperialist on one hand or as a stonehearted isolationist on the other - it simply can't do anything right.’
    • ‘It already has one of the worst congestion problems in the country - and now Southampton's crumbling roads have been damned too.’
    • ‘The show handles religion brilliantly and has been variously damned as anti-Christian and hailed as the most moral programme on the box - no mean feat.’
    • ‘The incident has been damned by local councillor Cronin, who said that the boys and their families had been severely traumatised by the events.’
    • ‘Historically the worker's party, Labor is damned by the Liberals as being the party of the part, the section, the group, the collective, the union.’
    • ‘Then, almost in the blink of an eye, it was being damned by environmentalists as a major polluter of our inland waters, a blight on the landscape, a hazard to health, and a threat to other wildlife.’
    • ‘He certainly feels like he is being unfairly damned.’
    • ‘Every time I see the papers commentating on an English sporting team they are either praised as the next World Champions or damned as sporting failures.’
    • ‘Crawford damned the ‘naysayers and negativism that surrounds us’ and said he had no doubt that the course on which the agency had been set was the right one.’
    • ‘Bogdanor, an expert in constitutional affairs damned the Bill as ‘picking on a vulnerable minority.’’
    • ‘Though he damned the prime minister for the war he did not demand his resignation or rule out future cooperation with him or his successor.’
    • ‘In a report that for audacity borders on the incredible, the Premiership damned the FA for the ills that are now besetting the game.’
    • ‘He is no supporter of the ACT party, but he damned this Budget because there is nothing in it for working people.’
    • ‘Praised from the start for its technology and styling, commentators nevertheless unanimously damned the computer's price as just too high.’
    • ‘He also damned the Opposition, saying that after the Tampa affair its ineffectiveness had deprived the country of genuine democratic debate before the election.’
    • ‘It concluded with 363 pages that damned every organisation and nearly every senior individual involved for their actions.’
    • ‘I sought additional material from Galloway and other sources to bolster that defense and to my surprise, found more that damned him than supported him.’
    condemn, censure, criticize, attack, denounce, deplore, decry, revile, inveigh against
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    1. 2.1Curse (someone or something)
      ‘she cleared her throat, damning it for its huskiness’
      ‘damn him for making this sound trivial’
      • ‘He felt the pain in the shoulder, where the arrow had hit him, and he damned his ship, his fate, the entire curse of his life.’
      • ‘For one short moment I damned them, damned their eyes, and wished their farm machine a rapid and terminally rusty death.’
      • ‘Weep, said the illustrious poet, for they are damned until mankind has lived for three several generations, perfectly in harmony, peace and love, without discord.’
      • ‘Then Rome damned Carthage and condemned it to death.’
      • ‘Winded for a moment, he pulled himself up, damned himself for an old fool, and tried to get back to his feet.’
      • ‘It was now or never… Just like the Elvis song.… silently, he damned his mother's Elvis collection.’
      • ‘He damned himself for being in love with a woman who had no love for him in return, only ambition to rule a poverty-stricken country with a dictator as a husband.’
      • ‘I damned myself for become so wrapped up in the conversation.’
      • ‘She damned herself, she had forgotten her father was going to be home all day today.’
      • ‘And, as a parable, we should all be careful what we damn in public.’
      • ‘As I sat there, damning and condemning myself, the same two words floated through my mind over and over again.’
      curse, put a curse on, put the evil eye on, execrate, imprecate, hoodoo
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exclamation

informal
  • Expressing anger or frustration.

    ‘Damn! I completely forgot!’
    • ‘I feel slightly better but my nose is still dripping… damn!’
    • ‘I just lost today's post because of a Blogger problem - damn!’
    • ‘Thought it was fine and dandy till it just struck me… damn!’
    • ‘One of the women I work with buys it and uses it… damn!’
    • ‘Well, there are some other things, but - damn! - am I long-winded, or what?’
    • ‘I had to do this chapter again because when I was going online to do my thank you's to my reviewers, my computer crashed and I lost all my work, damn!’
    • ‘I think I might just cook up a storm this morning for breakfast… then again I can't cook… damn!’
    • ‘I guess I'd know that answer if I'd actually paid much attention to Kyle over the duration of our trip to the zoo… damn!’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we were to later find out from Jim Newton that it was actually an easy climb, and that Skittle Alley was no more than fifty yards away - damn!’
    • ‘What's Cyrus doing here. wait a minute, I'm the one who's not supposed to be here, oh damn!’
    • ‘I couldv'e got better grades, got a proper job, found some nicer housemates… damn!’
    • ‘I only live about a half-hour from the place, but, damn, I've already spent all of this money on these other tickets.’
    • ‘There are a couple of sentences I'd have phrased a little more sensitively than Bill, but, damn, his heart's in the right place.’
    • ‘Other cast-iron-contract-clad songbirds must be thinking: damn, I wish I had her lawyer.’
    • ‘I have to go back to Queens today cos I forgot my gym clothes - damn, is that ever a drag.’
    • ‘Meanwhile at the bottom of the cliff, Paul wakes up in pain - damn, he's still alive.’
    • ‘Ethan said ‘Today I was talking to her in the kiosk and she was going to forgive me but, damn, Kelly interrupted us!’’
    • ‘I look at the clock and realize it's already 6:20 - damn, how long have I been here?’
    • ‘Something sizzled, and the light scent of something burning reached her nose - damn, the bacon.’
    • ‘Anthony had his head down, and I'm seeing Christensen turn toward him, and, damn, he lets it go.’
    damn, damnation, blast, hell, heck, Gordon Bennett
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adjective

informalattributive
  • Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration.

    ‘turn that damn thing off!’
    as submodifier ‘don't be so damn silly!’
    • ‘Then, what happened next shocked, angered, and confused him, which is a whole damn lot for a simple guy to be feeling all at once.’
    • ‘All but two of the candidates have reasons to be damn frustrated.’
    • ‘What the living hell am I doing in this damn silly job?’
    • ‘Even if it's thrown into the sea, the silly hare-brained hound brings the damn thing back.’
    • ‘So whether another frustrated art lover finally snapped and tore down the damn cover themselves, I don't know.’
    • ‘No disrespect to anyone, but £210 a week for only working 17.5 hours is pretty damn good - it works out at about £12 an hour!’
    • ‘Personally, I still think our best hope is that the producers can afford some computer effects and some damn good lighting.’
    • ‘Sometimes letting the anger out, and not bottling it up inside feels damn good.’
    • ‘I spent another fifteen minutes looking for the damn socket slowly becoming more and more frustrated.’
    • ‘There's enough bad publicity about this damn silly event without you adding to it.’
    • ‘Trent looked at me curiously as I had to control my anger and keep myself from breaking the damn phone.’
    • ‘I just wished that Damon would open the damn door and end her anger.’
    • ‘Why is it that every time the phone rings my dogs start making a damn racket so I can't hear what the heck is being said?’
    • ‘However, your second thought upon looking at the brochure was probably: ‘This looks like a damn good collection of productions!’’
    • ‘It's silly, really, how attached I was to the damn thing, but most little kids do love animals to death, so I suppose it was only natural.’
    • ‘The US has the best damn government money can buy.’
    • ‘‘I was so disgusted that I deleted the damn e-mail before I read it,’ the Republican said.’
    • ‘You better be damn careful about using that word.’
    • ‘The whole damn school system is inappropriate!’
    • ‘This entire damn neighborhood is uphill, I thought.’

Phrases

    — be damned
    • Used to express defiance or rejection of someone or something previously mentioned.

      ‘glory be damned!’
      • ‘Strategy be damned because we do not have secret proceedings in this country.’
      • ‘Since we haven't, we go with what we've got and do the best we can as human beings, doctrine be damned.’
      • ‘Pop punk past be damned, there's now no questioning the authenticity of Neko's C&W efforts.’
      • ‘We all know, directly or otherwise, how possible is it to get a great nightlife in the city and restrictions be damned.’
      • ‘Horizon-broadening be damned; for all its glaring faults and myriad irritations, I like it here.’
      • ‘However, there are times when I want to be able to enter a bar and have a highball and a ciggy, health concerns be damned.’
      • ‘They then proceeded to rewrite the rules to suit their agenda, and the opposition be damned.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter if they have to lie and distort to do it, the goal is power, and ethics be damned.’
      • ‘They'll look for some way to use the power of the state to their advantage, the truth be damned.’
      • ‘The best we can do is estimate the perceived goal of the campaign, rhetoric from the opposition be damned.’
    damn all
    British informal
    • Nothing at all.

      ‘there's damn all you can do about it’
      • ‘I haven't commented largely because, as anyone who reads my site will know, I know damn all about economics.’
      • ‘There's just damn all on worth listening to between 2 and 5.’
      • ‘Anyway, that's got damn all to do with anything.’
      • ‘I had thought that the second world war addiction was a peculiarly British phenomenon, a drug we reached for because we have achieved damn all as a nation ever since.’
      • ‘I've drifted about doing damn all this morning, gazing into space and half starting various things but finishing none.’
      • ‘UN approval has got damn all to do with the morality of the thing.’
      • ‘If the phantom virus does come here, there's damn all they can do about it anyway.’
      • ‘What starts so modestly as a meditation on the pleasures of doing damn all has in its last movement the nerve and velocity of the gangster film at its purest and most primal.’
      • ‘It would create a few jobs and relieve congestion and it would cost damn all.’
      • ‘They let me have the run of the library and there's damn all else to do here.’
    not be worth a damn
    informal
    • Have no value at all.

      ‘your evidence isn't worth a damn’
      • ‘Disconcertingly, he replied: ‘It wasn't worth a damn.’’
      • ‘He said there was an emerging consensus in the media that a press council with no statutory recognition ‘isn't worth a damn ‘, but that a press council imposed from government would be a bad thing.’’
      • ‘As a neutral you'd have to feel sorry for Waterford but in real terms reaching another All-Ireland semi-final and losing it isn't worth a damn to them.’
      • ‘If we don't take care of our own we really aren't worth a damn.’
      • ‘There are tactics that work great when you're at the top of the hill that aren't worth a damn when you're at the bottom.’
      • ‘He was very good at some things, but he wasn't worth a damn at high tech and new ventures.’
      • ‘On the riders who brought shame to his company, he added: ‘They are half-rotten mercenaries and their promises are not worth a damn.’’
      • ‘You can invest in all the latest gadgets, have a sophisticated alarm system, etc. but they are not worth a damn if a simple task like locking a front door is not adhered to.’
      • ‘Plus the heaters in all the planes were not worth a damn and you were cold an awful lot of times.’
      • ‘He said, ‘The best story in the world is not worth a damn unless you can get it out.’’
    damn someone/something with faint praise
    • Praise someone or something so unenthusiastically as to imply condemnation.

      ‘it was a wretched review, damning poor Lisa with faint praise’
      • ‘In truth, she damns her idols with faint praise.’
      • ‘It was generally a good experience for him, but he damns his teachers with faint praise; they were adequate, but uninspiring.’
      • ‘He opens by damning the piece with faint praise, calling it ‘well-intentioned,’ possessing ‘merits of its own.’’
      • ‘Black thinks it's their best work to date, though he admits this is damning it with faint praise.’
      • ‘So without wanting to damn Simon with faint praise by making that comparison, I don't believe that that's the issue.’
      • ‘Not to damn him with faint praise, then, I'll also add that he is one of the more intelligent supporters of the war.’
      • ‘In 1953, he damns Jaques with faint praise by referring to her as the ‘most skilful practitioner’ of ‘the doggerel school’.’
      • ‘I will admit the animation itself is nice, which is essentially my way of damning the film with faint praise.’
      • ‘This is an interesting evening and that is not damning it with faint praise.’
      • ‘The student never quite got the point that the article damned Luther by faint praise.’
    I'm (or I'll be) damned if
    informal
    • Used to express a strong negative.

      ‘I'm damned if I know’
      • ‘Well you never know she may not be the criminal I think she is but I'll be damned if that's so.’
      • ‘I already own more CDs than most other ‘regular’ people, and I'm damned if I'm gonna put up another shelf when the current one fills up.’
      • ‘I'm sure when I started writing this there was going to be a point to it but I'm damned if I can remember what it is.’
      • ‘I left an irate comment on the blog, but it's obvious the blog owner doesn't come around all that much - and I'm damned if I can find an email link for her on the page anywhere.’
      • ‘Having religiously turned out in all weathers, at every election in the last 44 years, I'm damned if I'm going to be subjected to a system that requires me to sign my ballot paper!’
      • ‘And I'm damned if I'm going to identify myself as a Scot - though some of my clan came from there and I do like that blue flag with the diagonal cross.’
      • ‘We just will not slow down, we know the problem, we know the solution, but I'm damned if we will do anything about it.’
      • ‘If anyone can suggest where I might have hidden them, do let me know, because I'm damned if I know.’
      • ‘But I'll be damned if I'm going to start viewing my blog like an English 101 project where I have to go back and correct anything that may take my grade down a bit.’
      • ‘This certainly is a pretty space, but I'll be damned if I can figure out if this is a renovation of their existing store at 178 Orchard Street, or a new place altogether.’
    well I'll be (or I'm) damned
    informal
    • Used to express surprise.

      ‘Well, I'll be damned! What brings you here?’
      • ‘Well I'm damned; you are quite right.’
      • ‘Well, I'll be damned! What in tarnation are you doing in these parts?’
    not give (or care) a damn
    informal
    • Not care at all.

      ‘people who don't give a damn about the environment’

Origin

Middle English from Old French dam(p)ner, from Latin dam(p)nare ‘inflict loss on’, from damnum ‘loss, damage’.

Pronunciation

damn

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