American English

Definition of damn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they damn
    he / she / it damns
    past simple damned
    -ing form damning
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  1. 1damn somebody/something (informal) (offensive) used when swearing at someone or 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. 2damn somebody (of God) to decide that someone must suffer in hell
  3. 3damn somebody/something to criticize someone or something very strongly The film was damned by the critics for its mindless violence.
  4. Idioms
    damn the consequences, expense, etc. (informal)
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    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 someone or something only a little, in order to show that you do not really like them/it
    I'll be damned! (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    used to show that you are very surprised about something
    I'm damned if… (informal)
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    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 Learner's Dictionary entry: damn