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zounds

[zoundz] /zaʊndz/
interjection, Archaic.
1.
(used as a mild oath.)
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of 'swounds
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British Dictionary definitions for zounds

zounds

/zaʊndz/
interjection
1.
(archaic) a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc
Word Origin
C16: euphemistic shortening of God's wounds
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Word Origin and History for zounds

c.1600, oath of surprise or anger, altered from (by) God's wounds!

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