adjective damned·er (dămˈdər)
, damned·est (dămˈdĭst)
- Condemned, especially to eternal punishment.
- Informal Deserving condemnation; detestable: this damned weather.
- Used as an intensive: a damned fool.
Used as an intensive: a damned poor excuse. noun
Souls doomed to eternal punishment.Regional Note:
There are many regional variants, mostly euphemisms, for damned,
both as an oath and as a mild intensive. Southern exclamations and intensives tend to begin with dad-,
a euphemism for “god”—hence dadblamed, dadblasted, dadburn,
and dadgum. Dadgum
can be combined with it
in the interjection dadgummit.
Another such euphemism is the better-known doggone,
probably originally Southern but now widespread. Like dadgum, doggone
is used as a mild intensive: “The best doggone deals in Alabama”
(billboard in Montgomery). Doggone
likewise appears in phrasal interjections: Doggonit, I dropped my hammer.
A common Southern and South Midland variant of damned
also euphemistic and relatively mild, as in this snatch of Baltimore dialogue: “If that's not just the weirdest durn thing I ever laid eyes on”