damn


damn
damn [dam]
vt.
damned, damning [ME damnen < OFr damner < L damnare, to condemn, fine < damnum, loss, injury, akin to Gr dapanē, cost < IE * depno-, sacrificial feast < base * dā(i)-, to part, divide > TIME, TATTER]
1.
a) Obs. to condemn as guilty
b) to condemn to an unhappy fate; doom
c) Theol. to condemn to endless punishment
2. to condemn as bad or inferior: often used in the imperative as a curse
3. to criticize adversely
4. to cause the ruin of; make fail
5. to swear at by saying “damn”
vi.
to swear or curse; say “damn,” etc.
n.
the saying of “damn” as a curse
adj., adv.
[Informal]
short for DAMNED
interj.
used to express anger, annoyance, disappointment, etc.
SYN.- CURSE
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damn with faint praise
to praise with so little enthusiasm as, in effect, to condemn
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not give a damn or not care a damn
Informal not care at all
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not worth a damn
Informal worthless

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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