I. verb (damned; damning) Etymology: Middle English dampnen, from Anglo-French dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum damage, loss, fine Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to condemn to a punishment or fate; especially to condemn to hell 2. a. to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect <
damned the storm for their delay
b. to condemn as a failure by public criticism 3. to bring ruin on 4. to swear at ; curse — often used to express annoyance, disgust, or surprise <
damn him, he should have been careful
I'll be damned
intransitive verb curse, swear II. noun Date: 1619 1. the utterance of the word damn as a curse 2. a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) ; the least bit <
don't give a damn
III. adjective or adverb Date: 1775 damned <
a damn nuisance
ran damn fast

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