damn well


adjective, superlative damnedest, damndest.
condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment: the wailing of damned souls.
detestable; loathsome: Get that damned dog out of here!
complete; absolute; utter: a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing: It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry! Also, damn well.

1350–1400; Middle English dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2

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damned (dæmd)
1.  a.  condemned to hell
 b.  (as noun): the damned
adv, —adj
2.  (intensifier): a damned good try; a damned liar; I should damned well think so!
3.  used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to condemn," from O.Fr. damner, derivative of L. verb damnare, from noun damnum "damage, loss, hurt." 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 "Gone with the Wind" was a breakthrough and required much effort by the studio). To be not worth a damn is from 1817. Damn Yankee, characteristic Southern U.S. term for "Northerner," is attested from 1812.
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Idioms & Phrases

damn well

Also, damned well. Certainly, without doubt; emphatically. For example, You damn well better improve your grades, or I know damned well that he's leaving me out. The damn in this phrase is mainly an intensifier.

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