from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pronounce an adverse judgment upon. See Synonyms at condemn.
  • transitive v. To bring about the failure of; ruin.
  • transitive v. To condemn as harmful, illegal, or immoral: a cleric who damned gambling and strong drink.
  • transitive v. To condemn to everlasting punishment or a similar fate; doom.
  • transitive v. To swear at.
  • intransitive v. To swear; curse.
  • interj. Used to express anger, irritation, contempt, or disappointment.
  • n. The saying of "damn” as a curse.
  • n. Informal The least valuable bit; a jot: not worth a damn.
  • adv. Damned.
  • idiom damn well Without any doubt; positively: I am damn well going to file charges against him.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To condemn to hell.
  • v. To put out of favor; to ruin; to label negatively.
  • v. To condemn as unfit, harmful, of poor quality, unsuccessful, invalid, immoral or illegal.
  • v. To curse; put a curse upon.
  • v. To invoke damnation; to curse.
  • adj. Generic intensifier.
  • adv. awfully, extremely
  • interj. Used to express anger, irritation, disappointment, annoyance, contempt, etc. See also dammit.
  • n. The use of "damn" as a curse.
  • n. A small, negligible quantity, being of little value.
  • n. The smallest amount of concern or consideration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To invoke damnation; to curse.
  • transitive v. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure.
  • transitive v. To doom to punishment in the future world; to consign to perdition; to curse.
  • transitive v. To condemn as bad or displeasing, by open expression, as by denuciation, hissing, hooting, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To condemn; affirm to be guilty, or worthy of punishment; sentence judicially.
  • To assign to a certain fate; doom.
  • Specifically In theology, to doom to punishment in a future state; condemn to hell.
  • Hence In the imperative, used profanely in emphatic objurgation or contempt of the object, and more vulgarly in certain arbitrary phrases (as damn your or his eyes!) in general reprehension or defiance of a person.
  • To address with the objurgation “damn!”; swear at.
  • To adjudge or pronounce to be bad; condemn as a failure; hence, to ruin by expressed disapproval: as, to damn a play.
  • To use the objurgation “damn!”; swear.
  • n. The verb damn used as a profane word; a curse; an oath.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something of little value
  • adv. extremely
  • adj. used as expletives
  • adj. expletives used informally as intensifiers
  • v. wish harm upon; invoke evil upon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English dampnen, from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre, to condemn, inflict loss upon, from damnum, loss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


  • And I'm still damn stressed cuz in 2 weeks 'time will be our science practical mid-year paper, and in 1 month's time will be our mid-year paper… damn…

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  • God damn is rare in England, and Englishmen say ‘I don’t care a damn’ much more often than ‘I don’t give a damn.

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  • When one of them fired at me I took a dive into the field, and of course your"—he visibly cut off the word damn out of respect for a lady's presence—"your San Francisco fields are more like taking a dive over a cliff.


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  • Paige was, in the words of one contemporary, a “raconteur—what we called a damn good liar.”

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  • Scrawled in pencil in one of the margins is the word damn.

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  • That, my friends, is what I call a damn good start.

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  • The real story here is: I don ` t care what you call the damn thing.

    CNN Transcript Oct 2, 2006

  • He had just long enough to think the word damn, but not long enough to say it, before he was yanked backward off the barstool and dragged toward the doorway—his precious and fully paid-for glass of tequila abandoned on the bar, which grew farther away with each passing moment.


  • 'Did we just break the law?' asks Della aghast; 'Nope, that's just what you call damn fine reporting,' quips Cal - and Mirren elicits a throaty chuckle with her opening line gambit, which tells you everything you need to know about her character in six, salty words.

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  • This word has humorously found its way into botanical nomenclature via the naming of three different genera: Damnacanthus, Damnamenia, and Damnxanthodium.

    June 21, 2010

  • Formally Damn Mrs. Pearce; and damn the coffee; and damn you; and wildly damn my own folly in having lavished my hard-earned knowledge and the treasure of my regard and intimacy on a heartless guttersnipe. He goes out with impressive decorum, and spoils it by slamming the door savagely.

    -Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

    (I thought it was rather amusing...)

    August 3, 2009

  • Hot damn!

    November 13, 2008

  • Is it short for damnation?

    December 25, 2007

  • I like this word.

    June 24, 2007