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From Middle English dampnen, from Old French damner, from Latin damnāre (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, transitive, intransitive) To condemn to hell.
    The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity.
    Only God can damn.
    I damn you eternally, fiend!
  2. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment.
  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, invalid, immoral or illegal.
    • November 8, 1708, Alexander Pope, letter to Henry Cromwell
      You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] [] without hearing.
  5. (sometimes vulgar) To curse; put a curse upon.
    That man stole my wallet. Damn him!
  6. (archaic) To invoke damnation; to curse.
    • c. 1767-1774, Oliver Goldsmith, letter to Mrs. Bunbury
      [] while I inwardly damn.

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damn (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes vulgar) Generic intensifier. Fucking; bloody.
    Shut the damn door!
    • 2005, Sonic Team, Sega Studios USA, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sega, PS2, GameCube, Xbox:
      Where's that damn FOURTH Chaos Emerald!

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damn (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes vulgar) Very; extremely.
    That car was going damn fast!

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  1. (sometimes vulgar) Used to express anger, irritation, disappointment, annoyance, contempt or surprise, etc. See also dammit.

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damn (plural damns)

  1. (sometimes vulgar) The word "damn" employed as a curse.
    He said a few damns and left.
  2. (sometimes vulgar, chiefly in the negative) A small, negligible quantity, being of little value; a whit or jot.
    The new hires aren't worth a damn.
  3. (sometimes vulgar, chiefly in the negative) The smallest amount of concern or consideration.
    I don't give a damn.

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