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v. damned, damn·ing, damns
a. To condemn to everlasting punishment or another terrible fate in the afterlife; doom: "the ancient belief that souls of the deceased who had been damned for certain sins could rise from their graves and wander the countryside between dusk and dawn" (Rudy Chelminski).
b. To condemn to an undesirable fate; destine: was damned to live out his life in poverty.
c. To bring about the failure of; ruin: Insufficient funding damned the project.
2. To denounce or criticize severely: a movie that was damned by the critics.
3. To swear at; curse.
To swear; curse.
Used to express anger, irritation, contempt, or disappointment.
1. The saying of "damn" as a curse.
2. Informal The least valuable bit; a jot: not worth a damn.
adv. & adj.
damn well
Without any doubt; positively: I am damn well going to file charges against him.

[Middle English dampnen, from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre, to condemn, inflict loss upon, from damnum, loss.]

damn′ing·ly adv.


in a damning manner
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The visitors needed a strong start to the second half, but they failed to launch a meaningful counter attack in open play and AZ's supposedly shaky defence, damningly, never wobbled.
I bet they've done the same for Smokie in their home town of Bradford, '' she sniffed as she talked about her own favourite band, thereby damningly confirming her lowly status in the field of musical taste.
It is also clear that the crash happened after repeated warnings from RAF techniciansthat there might be problems with refuelling and, damningly, there was no regular monitoring of aircraft parts up to 20 years old.
Anecdotal evidence suggests women politicians still face greater hostility and, more damningly, personal criticism by elements in the media than their male counterparts, which could serve as a powerful deterrent to aspiring female politicians.
But most damningly here, we hear the full and furious conversation in which Commander Gregorio De Falco, of the Livorno Port Authority, so memorably orders Captain Francesco Schettino to get back on board the ship.
While support for the party hasn't fallen, staying steady at 24%, more than two thirds of us have no confidence in the Taoiseach and, damningly, wouldn't vote for Fianna Fail anyway, even if he went.
But even more damningly, the Attorney General - Labour appointee Marie Whelan - knew about it for four months but only told the Taoiseach on Sunday.
THE first official report by the Army into the invasion of Iraq has damningly concluded that Britain should never have gone to war.
She believed repeats wouldn't happen after studying 'background information' which contained damningly untruthful 'facts' which she and all in the administrative hierarchy failed to verify.
They said damningly of BBC1: "The average quality of programmes across the year on the channel is still not good enough, particularly in the pre-watershed period.
Damningly for Megson's men, the supporters have lost all faith in his team.
Most damningly of all, in choosing not to raise the steel tariffs with President Bush until a week before the deadline, although he would have known about the impending decision for months, Blair showed a staggering disregard for steel workers and their families.