from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective In various religions, condemned to eternal punishment.
  • adjective Destined to an unhappy fate.
  • adjective Informal Deserving condemnation; detestable.
  • adjective Used as an intensive.
  • adverb Used as an intensive.
  • noun People who are damned considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Condemned; judicially sentenced; specifically, (reputed to be) sentenced to punishment in a future state; consigned to perdition.
  • Hateful; detestable; abominable: a profane objurgation, also used adverbially to express more or less intense dislike: as an adverb also simply intensive, equivalent to ‘very,’ ‘exceedingly,’ employed to strengthen an adjective used in either reprobation or approbation, and in sound often shortened to dam. In literary use often printed dd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Sentenced to punishment in a future state; condemned; consigned to perdition.
  • adjective Hateful; detestable; abominable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective god-forsaken
  • adjective Variant of profane damn.
  • adverb vulgar Very.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of damn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a damnable manner
  • noun people who are condemned to eternal punishment
  • adjective expletives used informally as intensifiers
  • adjective in danger of the eternal punishment of Hell


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