|Origin:||dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum 'damage, loss'|
1 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 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 spoken not polite
used when you are surprised:
• I'll be damned! I haven't seen him for years!
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.
to be given the punishment of going to hell after you die
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)
used to say that whatever you say or do will be considered wrong