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DAMN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does damn mean? 

DAMN (noun)
  The noun DAMN has 1 sense:

1. something of little value

  Familiarity information: DAMN used as a noun is very rare.


DAMN (adjective)
  The adjective DAMN has 2 senses:

1. used as expletives
2. expletives used informally as intensifiers

  Familiarity information: DAMN used as an adjective is rare.


DAMN (verb)
  The verb DAMN has 1 sense:

1. wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

  Familiarity information: DAMN used as a verb is very rare.


DAMN (adverb)
  The adverb DAMN has 1 sense:

1. extremely

  Familiarity information: DAMN used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DAMN (noun)


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Meaning:

Something of little value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

damn; tinker's damn; tinker's dam; shucks; red cent; darn; hoot; shit

Context examples:

his promise is not worth a damn / not worth one red cent / not worth shucks

Hypernyms ("damn" is a kind of...):

ineptitude; worthlessness (having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful)


DAMN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Used as expletives

Synonyms:

damn; goddamn

Context example:

oh, damn (or goddamn)!

Similar:

cursed; curst (deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier)


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Meaning:

Expletives used informally as intensifiers

Synonyms:

goddamned; goddam; deuced; darned; damned; blasted; blamed; blame; damn; goddamn; infernal; blessed

Context examples:

he's a blasted idiot / it's a blamed shame / a blame cold winter / not a blessed dime / I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing / he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool / a deuced idiot / an infernal nuisance

Similar:

cursed; curst (deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier)


DAMN (verb)


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Meaning:

Wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

maledict; imprecate; damn; beshrew; bedamn; anathemize; anathemise; curse

Context example:

The bad witch cursed the child

Hypernyms (to "damn" is one way to...):

arouse; bring up; call down; call forth; conjure; conjure up; evoke; invoke; put forward; raise; stir (summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


DAMN (adverb)


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Meaning:

Extremely

Synonyms:

all-fired; bloody; damn

Context examples:

you are bloody right / Why are you so all-fired aggressive?

Domain usage:

intensifier; intensive (a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies)


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