Pronunciation Verb

damn (damns, present participle damning; past and past participle damned)

  1. (theology, transitive, intransitive) To condemn to hell.
    The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity.
    Only God can damn.
    I damn you eternally, fiend!
  2. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
  3. To put out of favor; to ruin; to label negatively.
    I’m afraid that if I speak out on this, I’ll be damned as a troublemaker.
  4. To condemn as unfit, harmful, invalid, immoral or illegal.
    • November 8, 1708, Alexander Pope, letter to Henry Cromwell
    • You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] […] without hearing.
  5. (profane) To curse; put a curse upon.
    That man stole my wallet. Damn him!
  6. (archaic) To invoke damnation; to curse.
    • […] while I inwardly damn.