Definition of damn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    damn

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dæm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they damn
    BrE BrE//dæm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæm//
     
    he / she / it damns
    BrE BrE//dæmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæmz//
     
    past simple damned
    BrE BrE//dæmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæmd//
     
    past participle damned
    BrE BrE//dæmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dæmd//
     
    -ing form damning
    BrE BrE//ˈdæmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1damn somebody/something (informal) used when swearing at somebody/something to show that you are angry Damn you! I'm not going to let you bully me. Damn this machine! Why won't it work?
  2. 2 damn somebody (of God) to decide that somebody must suffer in hell
  3. 3damn somebody/something to criticize somebody/something very strongly The film was damned by the critics for its mindless violence.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French dam(p)ner, from Latin dam(p)nare ‘inflict loss on’, from damnum ‘loss, damage’.Idioms
    as near as damn it/dammit
     
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    (British English, informal) used to say that an amount is so nearly correct that the difference does not matter It will cost £350, or as near as dammit.
    damn the consequences, expense, etc.
     
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    (informal) used to say that you are going to do something even though you know it may be expensive, have bad results, etc. Let's celebrate and damn the expense!
    damn somebody/something with faint praise
     
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    to praise somebody/something only a little, in order to show that you do not really like them/it
    (old-fashioned, informal) used to show that you are very surprised about something (informal) used to show that you refuse to do something or do not know something I'm damned if I'll apologize! I'm damned if I know who he is.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: damn