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or god·dam

[god-dam]Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
  1. (used as an exclamation of any strong feeling, especially of disgust or irritation, and often followed by it.)
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  1. the utterance of “goddamn” in swearing or for emphasis.
  2. something of negligible value; damn: not to give a good goddamn.
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  1. damned(def 2).
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  1. damned.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to curse (someone or something) as being contemptible or worthless; damn.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to use the word “goddamn”; swear.
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Origin of goddamn

1400–50; late Middle English. See God, damn
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Examples from the Web for god-damn

Historical Examples

  • I couldn't see a God-damn thing; it was so black and I was so nerved up.

    One Man's Initiation--1917

    John Dos Passos

  • You lazy, guzzling, good-for-nothing son of a God-damn loafer!

    Mrs. Bindle

    Hebert Jenkins

  • Some people think the Secretary is god-almighty, but he's just a god-damn civilian.

British Dictionary definitions for god-damn


interjection Also: God damn
  1. an oath expressing anger, surprise, etc
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adverb Also: goddam, goddam, goddamned
  1. (intensifier)a goddamn fool
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Word Origin and History for god-damn


late 14c., from god + damn.

Mais, fussent-ils [les anglais] cent mille Goddem de plus qu'a present, ils n'auront pas ce royaume. [Joan of Arc, 1431, quoted in Prosper de Barante's "Histoire des ducs de Bourgogne"]

Goddammes was the nickname given by Puritans to Cavaliers, in consequence of the latter's supposed frequent employment of that oath.

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