Origin of goddamn

1400–50; late Middle English. See God, damn
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goddamn

interjection Also: God damn

an oath expressing anger, surprise, etc

adverb Also: goddam, goddam, goddamned

(intensifier)a goddamn fool
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Word Origin and History for god-damn

goddamn

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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