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[trawth, trohth] /trɔθ, troʊθ/
faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty:
by my troth.
truth or verity:
in troth.
one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.
Origin of troth
1125-75; Middle English trowthe, trouthe, variant of treuthe, Old English trēowth. See truth
Related forms
trothless, adjective Unabridged
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  • "troth, Mr. Macgregor, it's not a name to be ashamed of," answered Alan.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Come, my daughter, shake hands with this gentleman, and pledge him your troth.

  • And when they were young they loved one another and plighted their troth.

  • Now by my troth, so foolish that I myself can hardly refrain laughter.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Rider's Almanack for 1794 lay before me; and, in troth, I then had no other.

  • Believe me, you will have enough to do: there, I pledge you my troth.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Another says, "In troth I have been suffering for a long time from poverty and sickness, glory be to God."

    The South Isles of Aran Oliver J. Burke
  • troth, and I'll tell you: there's not a man in Kerry could say what's her price.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for troth


noun (archaic)
a pledge or oath of fidelity, esp a betrothal
truth (esp in the phrase in troth)
loyalty; fidelity
Word Origin
Old English trēowth; related to Old High German gitriuwida loyalty; see truth
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Word Origin and History for troth

late 12c., from a phonetic variant of Old English treowð "faithfulness, truth" (see truth). Restricted to Midlands and Northern England dialect after 16c., and to certain archaic phrases (e.g. plight one's troth). Cf. also betroth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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