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damned

Syllabification: damned
Pronunciation: /damd
 
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Definition of damned in English:

adjective

1(In Christian belief) condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell: (as plural noun the damned) the spirits of the damned
More example sentences
  • Meanwhile Birkin slowly uncovers the wall-painting, which shows the righteous trooping smugly off to heaven while the damned dive towards hell.
  • It is the one apocalypse that is truly and completely final, offering no Rapture, no salvation of the chosen, and no punishment of the damned.
  • Christ is the Divine Judge, a still point in the vortex of the living and the dead, the elect levitating to eternal life, the damned descending into the dark abyss.
Synonyms
cursed, doomed, lost, condemned, condemned to hell;
anathematized
literary accursed
2 [attributive] informal Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration: it’s none of your damned business [as submodifier]: she’s too damned arrogant you can damned well tell him yourself!
More example sentences
  • If she is pregnant she's probably sick to death of answering useless, annoying questions, the replies to which, to be frank, are none of your damned business.
  • The State might subsidise many things in this country which are properly none of its damned business, but it in turn is subsidised too.
  • Besides, whatever I say to anybody is my own damned business.
Synonyms
blasted, damn, damnable, confounded, rotten, wretched
informal blessed, bloody
dated accursed
2.1 (damnedest) North American Used to emphasize the surprising nature of something: the damnedest thing I ever saw
More example sentences
  • He used to say that his brother was the damnedest scoundrel that ever lived.
  • This car is just the damnedest looking thing.
  • We walked into one of the damnedest ambushes you ever seen.

Phrases

do (or try) one's damnedest

1
Do or try one’s utmost.
Example sentences
  • I'm going to spend the next few months trying my damnedest to tiptoe through the mine fields of other people's political passions.
  • He was a class act, and I was trying my damnedest to be one, too.
  • Here is her current husband, a dour-faced man with a droning voice, who is trying his damnedest to look like an optimist, and his own wife will not deign to gaze at him and smile.

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