by jove

Jove

[johv]
noun
1.
Jupiter ( def 1 ).
2.
Archaic. the planet Jupiter.
Idioms
3.
by Jove!, (an exclamation used to emphasize an accompanying remark or to express surprise, approval, etc.): It was a good fight, by Jove!

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin Jov- (oblique stem of compound nominative Juppiter father Jove), akin. to deus god; cognate with Greek Zeús (genitive Diós) Zeus

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Jove (dʒəʊv)
 
n
1.  another name for Jupiter
2.  by Jove an exclamation of surprise or excitement
 
[C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter]

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by Jove

Also, by cracky. Used to express surprise or emphasis. For example, By Jove, I was glad to see her, or It was a great day, by cracky. These mild oaths are euphemisms, the first for "by Jesus" or "by God" (Jove is another name for Jupiter, the principal Roman god), and the folksy variant by cracky for "by Christ." Both idioms may be dying out.

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