damn Definition

  • 1expressing anger or frustration
  • 2condemn someone to hell

Using damn: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "damn" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Damn! I forgot my keys again.

  • Example

    He was damned for his sins.

  • Example

    I damn you to eternal torment!

  • Example

    She damn near ran me over with her car.

damn Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with damn

  • to care about something or someone


    I don't give a damn about what they say.

  • of no value or use


    This old car is not worth a damn anymore.

  • to criticize someone or something in a way that sounds like a compliment


    She said the food was 'interesting,' which was really damning it with faint praise.

Origins of damn

from Old English 'dǣman', meaning 'to judge'


Summary: damn in Brief

The verb 'damn' [dam] expresses anger or frustration, as in 'Damn! I forgot my keys again.' It can also mean to condemn someone to hell, as in 'He was damned for his sins.' The phrase 'give a damn' means to care about something, while 'not worth a damn' means of no value. 'Damn with faint praise' is a way of criticizing something that sounds like a compliment.

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