- To damn is defined as to condemn to an unhappy life or is used to swear to express anger.
An example of to damn is to condemn someone as bad by saying "damn you" after they do something that makes you angry.
transitive verbdamned, damning
- Obsolete to condemn as guilty
- to condemn to an unhappy fate; doom
- Theol. to condemn to endless punishment
- to condemn as bad or inferior: often used in the imperative as a curse
- to criticize adversely
- to cause the ruin of; make fail
- to swear at by saying “damn”
Origin of damnMiddle English damnen ; from Old French damner ; from Classical Latin damnare, to condemn, fine ; from damnum, loss, injury, akin to Classical Greek dapanē, cost ; from Indo-European an unverified form depno-, sacrificial feast ; from base an unverified form dā(i)-, to part, divide from source time, tatter
damn with faint praise
not give a damnor not care a damn
not worth a damn
verbdamned damned, damn·ing, damns
- a. To condemn to everlasting punishment or another terrible fate in the afterlife; doom: “the ancient belief that souls of the deceased who had been damned for certain sins could rise from their graves and wander the countryside between dusk and dawn” (Rudy Chelminski).b. To condemn to an undesirable fate; destine: was damned to live out his life in poverty.c. To bring about the failure of; ruin: Insufficient funding damned the project.
- To denounce or criticize severely: a movie that was damned by the critics.
- To swear at; curse.
- The saying of “damn” as a curse.
- Informal The least valuable bit; a jot: not worth a damn.
Origin of damnMiddle English dampnen, from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre, to condemn, inflict loss upon, from damnum, loss.
(third-person singular simple present damns, present participle damning, simple past and past participle damned)
- (theology) To condemn to hell.
- The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity.
- To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure.
- 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.
- To condemn as unfit, harmful, of poor quality, unsuccessful, invalid, immoral or illegal.
- (profane) To curse; put a curse upon.
- That man stole my wallet. Damn him!
- (archaic) To invoke damnation; to curse.
- While I inwardly damn. — Goldsmith.
- (profane) Generic intensifier.
- Shut the damn door!