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Shot a damn cock pheasant by mistake, and had to bury the thing in my own covers.

Damn if I want to see them gray eyes when ye tell about the little mare.

Damn little consolation to us when we're working it out in Dartmoor.

"Them damn' snake, him no speakum," he observed disgustedly.

From "that boy who will go far" I became "you damn young freshman."

It's damn fine writing, I'll say it again, but that's not reason enough for this.

It will have to be one very large, for you are a damn trouble to me, Grant.

“A damn piece of foolish play by folks who orter know better,” he said.

Either we damn them excessively or we praise them excessively.

And he ought to be educated in Ireland, and he would be if Trinity were worth a damn.


late 13c., "to condemn," from Old French damner "damn, condemn; convict, blame; injure," derivative of Latin damnare "to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject," from noun damnum "damage, hurt, harm; loss, injury; a fine, penalty," possibly from an ancient religious term from PIE *dap- "to apportion in exchange" [see Watkins]. The Latin word evolved a legal meaning of "pronounce judgment upon." Theological sense is first recorded early 14c.; the optative expletive use likely is as old.

Damn and its derivatives generally were avoided in print from 18c. to c.1930s (the famous line in the film version of "Gone with the Wind" was a breakthrough and required much effort by the studio). The noun is recorded from 1610s; to be not worth a damn is from 1817. The adjective is 1775, short for damned; Damn Yankee, characteristic Southern U.S. term for "Northerner," is attested from 1812. Related: Damning.



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