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damn

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EtymologyEdit

Middle English dampnen, from Old French damner, from Latin damnare (to condemn, inflict loss upon), from damnum (loss).

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damn (third-person singular simple present damns, present participle damning, simple past and past participle damned)

  1. (theology) To condemn to hell.
    The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity.
  2. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure.
    • Shakespeare
      He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
  3. To put out of favor; to ruin; to label negatively.
    I’m afraid that if I speak out on this, I’ll be damned as a troublemaker.
  4. To condemn as unfit, harmful, of poor quality, unsuccessful, invalid, immoral or illegal.
    • Alexander Pope
      You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] [] without hearing.
  5. (profane) To curse; put a curse upon.
    That man stole my wallet. Damn him!
  6. (archaic) To invoke damnation; to curse.
    While I inwardly damn. — Goldsmith.

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AdjectiveEdit

damn (not comparable)

  1. (profane) Generic intensifier.
    Shut the damn door!

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damn (not comparable)

  1. (profane) awfully, extremely
    That car was going damn fast!

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InterjectionEdit

damn

  1. (profane) Used to express anger, irritation, disappointment, annoyance, contempt, etc. See also dammit.

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NounEdit

damn (plural damns)

  1. The use of "damn" as a curse.
  2. (profane) A small, negligible quantity, being of little value.
    The new hires aren't worth a damn.
  3. (profane) The smallest amount of concern or consideration.
    I don’t give a damn.

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