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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum 'damage, loss'

damn

4 verb
     
damn4 [transitive]
1

damn it/you etc!

spoken not polite used when you are extremely angry or annoyed with someone or something:
Damn it, be careful with that!
Stop, damn you!
Damn that telephone!
2

(I'll be/I'm) damned if ...

spoken not polite used to make a negative statement in a strong way:
'Where's Wally?' 'Damned if I know.' (=I don't know)
I'll be damned if I can find my keys (=I can't find them).
I'll be damned if I let him in the house (=I won't let him in).
3

I'll be damned

spoken not polite used when you are surprised:
I'll be damned! I haven't seen him for years!
4

damn the consequences/expense/calories etc

spoken used to say that you are going to do something, even though it might have bad results:
The time has come for me to speak out, and damn the consequences.
5

be damned

to be given the punishment of going to hell after you die
6 to state that something is very bad:
The critics damned the play on the first night.
damn (somebody/something) with faint praise (=show that you think someone or something is not good by only praising them a little)
7

damned if you do, damned if you don't

spoken used to say that whatever you say or do will be considered wrong

➔ (as) near as damn it

at near1 (8)

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