- 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.
- damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry!Also damn well.
Origin of damned
- to declare (something) to be bad, unfit, invalid, or illegal.
- to condemn as a failure: to damn a play.
- to bring condemnation upon; ruin.
- to doom to eternal punishment or condemn to hell.
- to swear at or curse, using the word “damn”: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
- to use the word “damn”; swear.
- (used as an expletive to express anger, annoyance, disgust, etc.)
- the utterance of “damn” in swearing or for emphasis.
- something of negligible value: not worth a damn.
- damn well, Informal. damned(def 7).
- damn with faint praise, to praise so moderately as, in effect, to condemn: The critic damned the opera with faint praise when he termed the production adequate.
- give a damn, Informal. to care; be concerned; consider as important: You shouldn't give a damn about their opinions.Also give a darn.
Origin of damn
SynonymsSee more synonyms for damn on Thesaurus.com
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
January 7, 2015
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
Who has the courage to do the right thing—money from special interest groups be damned?A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control
November 23, 2014
But the government is planning to throw her in jail—no court date, son be damned.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
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?
November 16, 2014
What you say in New York—'a damned fine old family,' yes, is it not?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Banstead at last relieved his feelings with a gasping, "Well, I'm damned!"
"You've treated me damned badly," said Banstead, turning on his heel.
This fellow, who had offered to take money for a guest, was damned for life and branded.Way of the Lawless
What damned jolly fun it will be to send her out of the house in a rage!Weighed and Wanting
- condemned to hell
- (as noun)the damned
- (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)
- slang an exclamation of annoyance (often in exclamatory phrases such as damn it! damn you! etc)
- informal an exclamation of surprise or pleasure (esp in the exclamatory phrase damn me!)
- (prenominal) slang deserving damnation; detestable
- slang (intensifier)damn fool; a damn good pianist
- damn all slang absolutely nothing
- to condemn as bad, worthless, etc
- to curse
- to condemn to eternal damnation
- (often passive) to doom to ruin; cause to failthe venture was damned from the start
- (also intr) to prove (someone) guiltydamning evidence
- to swear (at) using the word damn
- as near as damn it British informal as near as possible; very near
- damn with faint praise to praise so unenthusiastically that the effect is condemnation
- slang something of negligible value; jot (esp in the phrase not worth a damn)
- not give a damn informal to be unconcerned; not care
Word Origin and History for damned
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.
Idioms and Phrases with damned
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)