Informal Deserving condemnation; detestable: this damned weather.
Used as an intensive: a damned fool.
Used as an intensive: a damned poor excuse.
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 is durn, 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” (Anne Tyler).
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