adjective, superlative damned·est, damnd·est.
- damn with faint praise,
- damned if i do, damned if i don't,
Origin of damned
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of damn
Examples from the Web for damned
They were going to tell their story, consequences be damned.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But he had already begun to start speaking his truth, consequences be damned.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Who has the courage to do the right thing—money from special interest groups be damned?
But the government is planning to throw her in jail—no court date, son be damned.
Only the desired outcome he seeks is the correct one—the work of the grand jury be damned.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War?|Ron Christie|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I fear the Union League, the government spies, and the damned Yankee officers here.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
Yes, if she were doomed, she would be damned beneath the shelter of Chios.Saronia|Richard Short
It ain't the damned money what's keepin' me up in the Northern seas, Tom.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
It is evident that no realistic image of the experience of a damned soul had ever approached the portals of his mind.Pragmatism|William James
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.Man And Superman|George Bernard Shaw
- condemned to hell
- (as noun)the damned
adverb, adjective slang
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for damn
late 13c., "to condemn," from Old French damner "damn, condemn; convict, blame; injure," derivative of Latin damnare "to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject," from noun damnum "damage, hurt, harm; loss, injury; a fine, penalty," possibly from an ancient religious term from PIE *dap- "to apportion in exchange" [see Watkins]. The Latin word evolved a legal meaning of "pronounce judgment upon." Theological sense is first recorded early 14c.; the optative expletive use likely is as old.
Damn and its derivatives generally were avoided in print from 18c. to c.1930s (the famous line in the film version of "Gone with the Wind" was a breakthrough and required much effort by the studio). The noun is recorded from 1610s; to be not worth a damn is from 1817. The adjective is 1775, short for damned; Damn Yankee, characteristic Southern U.S. term for "Northerner," is attested from 1812. Related: Damning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with damn
- damned if I do, damned if I don't
- damn well
- damn with faint praise
- do one's damnedest
- give a damn
- not worth a dime (tinker's damn)