An example of to damn is to condemn someone as bad by saying "damn you" after they do something that makes you angry.
- Obs. 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 dapan?, cost ; from Indo-European an unverified form depno-, sacrificial feast ; from base an unverified form d?(i)-, to part, divide from source time, tatter
damn with faint praise
not give a damn
not worth a damn
verbdamned, 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 damnare, to condemn, inflict loss upon, from damnum, loss.
(third-person singular simple present damns, present participle damning, simple past and past participle damned)
- (profane) Generic intensifier.
- Shut the damn door!