- 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.
damn definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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 definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb damned damned, damn·ing, damns verb, transitive
- To pronounce an adverse judgment upon. See Synonyms at condemn.
- To bring about the failure of; ruin.
- To condemn as harmful, illegal, or immoral: a cleric who damned gambling and strong drink.
- To condemn to everlasting punishment or a similar fate; doom.
- To swear at.
- The saying of “damn” as a curse.
- Informal The least valuable bit; a jot: not worth a damn.
Origin: Middle English dampnen, from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre, to condemn, inflict loss upon, from damnum, loss.
- damnˈing·ly adverb
damn - Phrases/Idioms
damn with faint praise
not give a damnor not care a damn
not worth a damn