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Meaning of “damn” in the English Dictionary

"damn" in British English

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damnexclamation

uk   us   /dæm/ (also damn it, also dammit ) informal

damnadverb

uk   us   /dæm/ informal

damnverb

uk   us   /dæm/
  • damn verb (BLAME)

[T] to ​blame or ​stronglycriticize something or someone: The ​inquiry into the ​disaster damns the ​company foritslack of ​safetyprecautions.
  • damn verb (PUNISH)

[T usually passive] (​especially of ​God) to ​force someone to ​stay in ​hell and be ​punished for ​ever: As a ​child she was ​taught that she would be damned for her ​sins.

damnadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /dæm/ (also damned) informal
(Definition of damn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"damn" in American English

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damnexclamation

 us   /dæm/ infml
  • damn exclamation (EXPRESSION)

(also damn it, dammit,  /ˈdæm·ət, -ɪt/ ) an ​expression of ​anger or ​annoyance: Damn! I ​spilledcoffee on my ​blouse. Note: This word may be considered offensive by some people.
  • damn exclamation (SURPRISE)

used to ​expresssurprise: Damn, I ​guess they ​decided to ​buy that ​house.

damnadjective [not gradable]

 us   /dæm/ (also damned,  /dæmd/ )
infml used to ​expressanger or ​annoyance: a damn ​shame

damnadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /dæm/ infml
very; ​great: You’re a damn ​fool to ​try and ​drive that ​oldcarcross-country.

damnverb [T]

 us   /dæm/
  • damn verb [T] (BLAME)

to ​blame or ​stronglycriticize: The ​novel was damned by the ​critics for being too ​political.
  • damn verb [T] (PUNISH)

to ​force someone to ​stay in ​hell and be ​punishedforever

damnnoun [U]

 us   /dæm/ infml
  • damn noun [U] (LEAST AMOUNT)

the least ​amount: This ​oldcar isn’t ​worth a damn.
(Definition of damn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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