adjective, superlative damned·est, damnd·est.
Origin of damned
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of damn
Synonyms for damn
Related Words for damneddarned, lousy, reprobate, infernal, lost, confounded, doomed, blessed, bloody, cursed, bad, accursed, blooming, revolting, condemned, blasted, cussed, darn, damnable, despicable
Examples from the Web for damned
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of damned
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
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)