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tarnation

[tahr-ney-shuh n] /tɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
interjection
1.
noun
2.
damnation; hell (used as a euphemism):
Where in tarnation is that boy?
adverb
3.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; blend of ’tarnal, dial. form of eternal and damnation
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British Dictionary definitions for tarnation

tarnation

/tɑːˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
a euphemism for damnation
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Word Origin and History for tarnation
n.

1784, American English alteration of darnation (itself a euphemism for damnation), influenced by tarnal (1790), from phrase by the Eternal (God).

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Slang definitions & phrases for tarnation

tarnation

noun

Damnation

[1790+; a euphemistic alteration of damnation, apparently influenced by obsolete US slang tarnal damned, an alteration of eternal]


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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