damn

Definitions

  • What Does Hurd Take Me Fur, a Damned Jeweler
    What Does Hurd Take Me Fur, a Damned Jeweler
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj damn expletives used informally as intensifiers "he's a blasted idiot","it's a blamed shame","a blame cold winter","not a blessed dime","I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing","he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool","a deuced idiot","an infernal nuisance"
    • adj damn used as expletives "oh, damn (or goddamn)!"
    • adv damn extremely "you are bloody right","Why are you so all-fired aggressive?"
    • v damn wish harm upon; invoke evil upon "The bad witch cursed the child"
    • n damn something of little value "his promise is not worth a damn","not worth one red cent","not worth shucks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original title of the musical "Hello Dolly!" was "Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman." Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry, and pizzazz.
    • Damn To condemn as bad or displeasing, by open expression, as by denuciation, hissing, hooting, etc. "You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] . . . without hearing.""Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
      And without sneering teach the rest to sneer."
    • Damn To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure. "He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him."
    • Damn (Theol) To doom to punishment in the future world; to consign to perdition; to curse.
    • v. i Damn To invoke damnation; to curse. "While I inwardly damn ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • damn To condemn; affirm to be guilty, or worthy of punishment; sentence judicially.
    • damn To assign to a certain fate; doom.
    • damn Specifically In theology, to doom to punishment in a future state; condemn to hell. [For this word, as used in this sense in the authorized version of the Bible, the word condemn has been substituted in the revised version. See damnation.]
    • damn 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.
    • damn To address with the objurgation “damn!”; swear at.
    • damn To adjudge or pronounce to be bad; condemn as a failure; hence, to ruin by expressed disapproval: as, to damn a play.
    • damn To use the objurgation “damn!”; swear.
    • n damn The verb damn used as a profane word; a curse; an oath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Damn dam to censure or condemn: to sentence to eternal punishment: to doom
    • n Damn an oath: a curse
    • adv Damn very, exceedingly
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Quotations

  • J. William Fulbright
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    “We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
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    “Gentleman-rankers out on the spree, damned from here to Eternity.”
  • Hans Richter
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    “Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it's one damn thing over and over.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Life is not one thing after another. It's the same damn thing over and over!”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. damnen, dampnen (with excrescent p), OF. damner, dampner, F. damner, fr. L. damnare, damnatum, to condemn, fr. damnum, damage, a fine, penalty. Cf. Condemn Damage

Usage

In literature:

It really was an extraordinarily uncomfortable feeling, as if he were a damned ghost poking about in a new world full of surprises.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
I don't understand that; it's damned nonsense!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
No, he was not afraid of Rogeen, not by a damned sight.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Why didn't yeh say so, you damned young Indian?
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
You're like a lot of damn mutes.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Volunteers are too damned independent.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Smith's foot-prints were there in damning contrast to her own.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
At one flip of the cards he kills the kid and damns his reputation.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
If ye shoot, you're a lot of damned rapscallions, an' I'll come up there an' bate the head off ye!
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I ain't so damned sure about that!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
That purty piece who damn nigh lost you your life as well as losin' you your money.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
I don't believe she'd deny herself that she made it damned uncomfortable for me.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Three months is too damn long to stay out in a spaceship.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
When I wants to cover my legs with stockin's Zeke Higgins' money'll do the payin', an' he won't need no he'p from no damned revenuer.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
I ain't got any use for a damn fool, no way yuh look at it.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
But that damned dog had to be stopped.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Now, Lorenzo thought, those damned clerks were probably watching for their return.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I don't give a damn where the doctor comes in.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
And it was a damned hard job!
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
This damn thing roars like a tower siren.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

God damn it, father-doctor,
I'm really thirty-six.
I see dead rats in the toilet.
I'm one of the lunatics.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
To many things the damned's woe
Is liked in the word,
And that because no one can show
The vengeance of the Lord.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Dissolute, damned and despairing
Striken, palsied and slain
That is the law of the Yukon
And how she makes it plain.
"Call Of The Yukon" by Billy Bennett
O damned men! this is your fate,
The day of grace is done,
Repentance now doth come too late,
Mercy is fled and gone.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
hus, having show'd you what I see
Of heaven, I now will tell
You also, after search, what be
The damned wights of hell.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Alas! Sourdough I'll never be.
Oh, sad is my excuse:
My shooting's so damn bad, you see . . .
I've never killed a moose.
"No Sourdough" by Robert W Service

In news:

A longtime Boston Red Sox fan asks, Why does hometown coverage of the troubled team sound so damn gleeful.
"Most people are gonna be pretty damn squeamish about that.".
Your City Leaders Make Damn Sure They're Well-Gifted.
Philodendrons are nice enough, but they are just so damn normal.
Just 20 seconds into the new Phosphorescent album, you hear something so immediate, so purposeful, so damn infectious, it's clear that something special is underway.
Pinstripe Empire' and 'Damn Yankees.
Whether they're here for our wildly inspiring culture or just because we have damn good breakfast tacos, artists in San Antonio are here to stay.
Eat the Damn Cake Recent Posts.
And with live music every damn night for a decade and a half, this club has seen some of Miami's best bands get their start on its stage.
Yes, "Teenage Dream" is a damn catchy song.
"Farewell, My Queen": The Beautiful and Damned.
We were talking to a group of senior Republicans recently about the election, and here's the essence of what they said: Damn it.
Paul Newman has died, damn it.
Provocateur and Damn Good Writer.
Best Damn Movies of 2006.
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In science:

Expansions become inconsistent when only one type of terms is kept and, perhaps even more damningly, general covariance is put in jeopardy.
Higher time derivatives in effective equations of canonical quantum systems
The answer is: it’s damn hard! If you send your children to their grandparents, and the grandparents feed them candy, they are attacking kids’ weakness. I am sorry.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
More damning are the recent statistical analyses by PHENIX which demonstrate a decided lack of fragility: current experimental error constrains the input parameter for the various theoretical models to within about 20% .
Testing AdS/CFT at LHC
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