damnedest

damnedest

[dam-dist] Informal.
adjective
1.
most amazing or extraordinary.
noun
2.
best; utmost: They did their damnedest to finish on time.

Origin:
1820–30; damned + -est1

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damned

[damd]
adjective, superlative damnedest, damndest.
1.
condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment: the wailing of damned souls.
2.
detestable; loathsome: Get that damned dog out of here!
3.
complete; absolute; utter: a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
4.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing: It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
noun
5.
the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
adverb
6.
extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
Idioms
7.
damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry! Also, damn well.

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

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damned (dæmd)
 
adj
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)

damnedest (ˈdæmdɪst)
 
n
informal utmost; best (esp in the phrases do or try one's damnedest)

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damnedest
also damndest, originally damnedst 1830, superlative of damned (see damn).
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