Damn (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Damning (?).] [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.]

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. Theol.

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.

 

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Damn, v. i.

To invoke damnation; to curse. 'While I inwardly damn."

Goldsmith.

 

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