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damnedest

[dam-dist] /ˈdæm dɪst/ Informal.
adjective
1.
most amazing or extraordinary.
noun
2.
best; utmost:
They did their damnedest to finish on time.
Origin of damnedest
1820-1830
1820-30; damned + -est1

damned

[damd] /dæmd/
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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  • It was a clear case uh butchery from start to finish; the damnedest, lowest-down act a white man could be guilty of.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • They'd speak up, and do their damnedest to save their friend.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Harper said they were "going to the States, and were going to kick up the damnedest row that had ever been heard of."

  • Are you the damnedest fool or the biggest scoundrel out of jail?

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • I'm on my way to do my damnedest, which angels can't do no more.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • I'm goin' to side with decent folks, who have stood by my girl, and you can do your damnedest.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
British Dictionary definitions for damnedest

damnedest

/ˈdæmdɪst/
noun
1.
(informal) utmost; best (esp in the phrases do or try one's damnedest)

damned

/dæmd/
adjective
1.
  1. condemned to hell
  2. (as noun): the damned
adverb, adjective (slang)
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 and History for damnedest
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for damnedest

damned

Related Terms

i'll be damned

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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