Definition of damned in English:



  • 1(in Christian belief) condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell.

    ‘the spirits of the damned’
    • ‘When I was a small child, I imagined that hell consisted of caves in which the damned were trapped, tortured and burnt.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Birkin slowly uncovers the wall-painting, which shows the righteous trooping smugly off to heaven while the damned dive towards hell.’
    • ‘The saved would feast on the sight of the sufferings of the damned.’
    • ‘It is the one apocalypse that is truly and completely final, offering no Rapture, no salvation of the chosen, and no punishment of the damned.’
    • ‘C.S. Lewis noted in The Great Divorce the peculiar desire of the damned spirits on holiday to want to * extend * hell.’
    • ‘We prefer to suffer the tortures of the damned than to accept our Godliness.’
    • ‘He described the saved rejoicing in heaven over the torture of the damned in hell.’
    • ‘The flames of hell are literally consuming the bodies of the damned.’
    • ‘Saint Michael advances towards the viewer, while the damned souls tumble, shrieking, into hell.’
    • ‘Section three sees the raising of the dead by the archangel, and the contrasting responses of the damned and the blessed.’
    • ‘Dante doesn't say so, but he leaves us free to speculate that moneylenders continue to practice their trade in hell, lending money at interest to the damned.’
    • ‘Christianity makes things worse by teaching the torments of the damned.’
    • ‘He rejects the ideas that hell will be emptied at the end of time and that the damned souls and demons will be reconciled with God.’
    • ‘Christ is the Divine Judge, a still point in the vortex of the living and the dead, the elect levitating to eternal life, the damned descending into the dark abyss.’
    • ‘For unless I can fulfill my penance, I too will suffer the torments of the damned as revealed by the holy words of Saint John, the Divine.’
    • ‘There was power behind such eyes, power that could damn a soul or return the damned to life.’
    • ‘Did it have a crew of the damned, and a Captain so evil that Hell itself spat him back out?’
    • ‘But both, I think, suffered the tortures of the damned, because they worried so much about whether they were getting it right.’
    • ‘These include watching people in pain - and the idea that, since hell was eternal pain, heaven would be watching the damned burn.’
    • ‘The cows had no way of knowing that inside this metal husk there was an author suffering the torment of the damned.’
    cursed, accursed, doomed, lost, condemned to hell, execrated
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  • 2informal attributive Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration.

    ‘it's none of your damned business’
    as submodifier ‘she's too damned arrogant’
    ‘you can damned well tell him yourself!’
    • ‘Since we met, has it all been one lie after another damned lie?’
    • ‘Christian has been stuck in that damned relationship for years.’
    • ‘You would have to be a damned fool to miss this thing, people.’
    • ‘Where the hell are all the damned commuters when you need them?’
    • ‘And there was not a damned thing she could have done to stop it.’
    • ‘Did Ivan really have business to attend to every damned day or did he just have a reason for avoiding them?’
    • ‘The State might subsidise many things in this country which are properly none of its damned business, but it in turn is subsidised too.’
    • ‘I still have to sit the damned exams and suffer the ‘humiliation’ (as if I care what others think) of not doing so well.’
    • ‘Besides, whatever I say to anybody is my own damned business.’
    • ‘Shame the experience was wasted, given that I can't remember a damned thing!’
    • ‘To hell with all these damned reasons, we said, they must make an effort to improve their educational performance.’
    • ‘And they say, these damned doctors can't make up their minds, to hell with them, just bring out the bacon and eggs and don't worry about it.’
    • ‘If she is pregnant she's probably sick to death of answering useless, annoying questions, the replies to which, to be frank, are none of your damned business.’
    • ‘I looked at my watch, 5: 42 pm. Perfect, where in hell is the damned plane!’
    • ‘Why the hell does this damned ceiling fan make this strange noise?’
    • ‘The funny thing about all this is that just last week I was having despondent ‘I've hit my peak in this damned career!’’
    • ‘Even the much lauded Henrik Larsson looks more keen on setting up than sticking the damned ball in the flaming net.’
    • ‘They're all right and it's a damned shame that they're getting such a bad press.’
    • ‘If she wrecked that damned bike, he was going to torch it.’
    • ‘What the hell was I doing picking up my damned briefcase?’
    blasted, damn, flaming, precious, confounded, pestilential, rotten, wretched
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    1. 2.1damnedestNorth American Used to emphasize the surprising nature of something.
      ‘the damnedest thing I ever saw’
      • ‘We walked into one of the damnedest ambushes you ever seen.’
      • ‘I found II Corps dug into the damnedest canyon you ever saw.’
      • ‘He used to say that his brother was the damnedest scoundrel that ever lived.’
      • ‘Within half an hour the damnedest thing happened.’
      • ‘This car is just the damnedest looking thing.’


  • do (or try) one's damnedest

    • informal Do or try one's utmost.

      • ‘I will try my damnedest to make that one post worth something.’
      • ‘Everyone should get involved in electoral politics and try their damnedest to nominate the best possible candidate and they should give money and time to make that happen.’
      • ‘I'm going to spend the next few months trying my damnedest to tiptoe through the mine fields of other people's political passions.’
      • ‘And I tried my damnedest to spoil my bride for a week.’
      • ‘I know they will be doing their damnedest to win the game, but it's not going to be easy.’
      • ‘He was a class act, and I was trying my damnedest to be one, too.’
      • ‘We tried our damnedest to make it special entertainment, but I'll admit I'm a contributor to the decline in TV standards.’
      • ‘Our men and women in uniform will be doing their damnedest to accomplish some very dangerous missions, and they know the risks.’
      • ‘Here is her current husband, a dour-faced man with a droning voice, who is trying his damnedest to look like an optimist, and his own wife will not deign to gaze at him and smile.’
      • ‘I will try my damnedest to capture the look on Alex's face when she lays eyes on one of these.’
      try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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