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damned

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adjective, superlative damned·est, damnd·est.
  1. condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment: the wailing of damned souls.
  2. detestable; loathsome: Get that damned dog out of here!
  3. complete; absolute; utter: a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
  4. Informal. extraordinary; amazing: It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
noun
  1. the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
adverb
  1. extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
Idioms
  1. damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry!Also damn well.

Origin of damned

First recorded in 1350–1400, damned is from the Middle English word dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2
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Examples from the Web for damndest

Historical Examples

  • That's right; you do your damndest—'angels can do no more,' as the feller said.

    Ewing\'s Lady

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I'm all spread out on the floor with the damndest headache you ever saw.

    Twelve Times Zero

    Howard Carleton Browne

  • I may be the damndest fool alive, but at least I'm an honorable fool.

    J. Poindexter, Colored

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • It's going to be ten miles, across country, across the damndest country you ever saw, Sledge Hume!

    The Short Cut

    Jackson Gregory

  • For a fact, I smelt azaleas plain and sweet once; and woke up in the damndest alkali desert you ever see.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for damndest

damned

adjective
    1. condemned to hell
    2. (as noun)the damned
adverb, adjective slang
  1. (intensifier)a damned good try; a damned liar; I should damned well think so!
  2. used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)
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