1. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censhure. "He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him." (Shak)

2. To doom to punishment in the future world; to consign to perdition; to curse.

3. To condemn as bad or displeasing, by open expression, as by denuciation, hissing, hooting, etc. "You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] . . . Without hearing." (Pope) "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer." (Pope)

Damn is sometimes used interjectionally, imperatively, and intensively.

Origin: OE. Damnen dapnen (with excrescent p), OF. Damner, dampner, F. Damner, fr. L. Damnare, damnatum, to condemn, fr. Damnum damage, a fine, penalty. Cf. Condemn, Damage.

(01 Mar 1998)

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