- 1 (be damned) (In Christian belief) be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell: be forever damned with LuciferMore example sentences
- Those who receive the mark, according to Scripture, are damned to eternal punishment.
- Mephistophilis is one of the angels who conspired with Lucifer and was damned to hell.
- If God was so loving why were people who committed suicide immediately damned to hell.
- 1.1Be doomed to misfortune or failure: the enterprise was damnedMore example sentences
- Where the substance is glorified in this disc, the style, unfortunately, is damned.
- It was not the country that was damned but the settler who felt in his heart that he was damned.
- This isn't to say the project was damned, but rather the fact that it's more difficult to create a compelling work when it's based on music with no clear emotional ambit.
- 2Condemn, especially by the public expression of disapproval: intellectuals whom he damns as rigid doctrinaire idealistsMore example sentences
- One of his friends has recently been publicly damned for his recreational drug habits.
- These, then, are the ‘teenage tearaways’ demonised in sections of the press, and frequently damned by politicians seeking a cheap populist soundbite.
- Despite being damned as ‘failing’ as little as two years ago, the latest inspectors' report said conditions had been turned around by the prison's new governor.
- 2.1Curse (someone or something): she cleared her throat, damning it for its huskiness damn him for making this sound trivialMore example sentences
- He felt the pain in the shoulder, where the arrow had hit him, and he damned his ship, his fate, the entire curse of his life.
- For one short moment I damned them, damned their eyes, and wished their farm machine a rapid and terminally rusty death.
- Weep, said the illustrious poet, for they are damned until mankind has lived for three several generations, perfectly in harmony, peace and love, without discord.
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- Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration: turn that damn thing off! [as submodifier]: don’t be so damn silly!More example sentences
- Then, what happened next shocked, angered, and confused him, which is a whole damn lot for a simple guy to be feeling all at once.
- All but two of the candidates have reasons to be damn frustrated.
- What the living hell am I doing in this damn silly job?
—— be damned
- Used to express rejection of someone or something previously mentioned: “Glory be damned!”More example sentences
- Strategy be damned because we do not have secret proceedings in this country.
- Since we haven't, we go with what we've got and do the best we can as human beings, doctrine be damned.
- Pop punk past be damned, there's now no questioning the authenticity of Neko's C&W efforts.
- British • informal Nothing at all.More example sentences
- I haven't commented largely because, as anyone who reads my site will know, I know damn all about economics.
- There's just damn all on worth listening to between 2 and 5.
- Anyway, that's got damn all to do with anything.
- • informal Used to emphasize a statement, especially when the speaker is angry: this is your mess and you can damn well clear it up!More example sentences
- Remind the DJ or band that they work for you, and they'll damn well play anything you want.
- It's not a perfect solution, but it worked pretty damn well for the Soviet Union.
- They damn well knew what they were facing, and the consequences fit the bill appropriately.
damn someone/something with faint praise
- Praise someone or something so unenthusiastically as to imply condemnation.More example sentences
- In truth, she damns her idols with faint praise.
- It was generally a good experience for him, but he damns his teachers with faint praise; they were adequate, but uninspiring.
- He opens by damning the piece with faint praise, calling it ‘well-intentioned,’ possessing ‘merits of its own.’
I'll be (or I'm) damned if
- • informal Used to express a strong negative: I’ll be damned if I’ll call herMore example sentences
- Well you never know she may not be the criminal I think she is but I'll be damned if that's so.
- I already own more CDs than most other ‘regular’ people, and I'm damned if I'm gonna put up another shelf when the current one fills up.
- I'm sure when I started writing this there was going to be a point to it but I'm damned if I can remember what it is.
not be worth a damn
- • informal Have no value or validity at all.More example sentences
- Disconcertingly, he replied: ‘It wasn't worth a damn.’
- He said there was an emerging consensus in the media that a press council with no statutory recognition ‘isn't worth a damn ‘, but that a press council imposed from government would be a bad thing.’
- As a neutral you'd have to feel sorry for Waterford but in real terms reaching another All-Ireland semi-final and losing it isn't worth a damn to them.
not give (or care)a damn
well I'll be (or I'm) damned
- • informal Used as an expression of surprise.More example sentences
- Well I'm damned; you are quite right.
- Well, I'll be damned! What in tarnation are you doing in these parts?
Middle English: from Old French dam(p)ner, from Latin dam(p)nare 'inflict loss on', from damnum 'loss, damage'.