tarnation

[tahr-ney-shuhn] Older Use.
interjection
noun
2.
damnation; hell (used as a euphemism): Where in tarnation is that boy?
adverb

Origin:
1775–85; blend of ’tarnal, dial. form of eternal and damnation

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tarnation (tɑːˈneɪʃən)
 
n
a euphemism for damnation

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tarnation
1784, Amer.Eng. alteration of darnation (itself a euphemism for damnation), influenced by tarnal (1790), from phrase by the Eternal (God).
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Tarnation, the biggest and meanest bear anyone had ever known.
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