adjective, superlative damned·est, damnd·est.
condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment: the wailing of damned souls.
detestable; loathsome: Get that damned dog out of here!
complete; absolute; utter: a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing: It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
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damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry!Also damn well.
Origin of damned
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- condemned to hell
- (as noun)the damned
adverb, adjective slang
(intensifier)a damned good try; a damned liar; I should damned well think so!
used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)
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Also, damned well. Certainly, without doubt; emphatically. For example, You damn well better improve your grades, or I know damned well that he's leaving me out. The damn in this phrase is mainly an intensifier.
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