Last modified on 6 November 2014, at 18:17


Broom icon.svg A user suggests that this entry be cleaned up, giving the reason: “(1) Are the adjective and adverb uses really different, or are they both actually "generic intensifiers"? (2) The noun use: curse or swear word. Is that the same or different as the use as interjection?”.
Please see the discussion on Requests for cleanup(+) or the talk page for more information and remove this template after the problem has been dealt with.


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



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.

Related termsEdit



damn (not comparable)

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




damn (not comparable)

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




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

Derived termsEdit




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.


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.