dammed, damned

The words dammed, damned sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do dammed, damned sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: dammed, damned are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of dam.

  1. :: adjective

    Condemned, especially to eternal punishment.

  2. :: adjective

    Informal Deserving condemnation; detestable: this damned weather.

  3. :: adjective

    Used as an intensive: a damned fool.

  4. :: adverb

    Used as an intensive: a damned poor excuse.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").