zounds, sir, do you call it civilization to see hundreds of fields turned out to persimmon bushes and broom sedge?
zounds, says the Surgeon in a surprize, what, my Wife dine at your House!
zounds, Sir John, the keepers are abroad; I was hard by 'em.
"zounds, Cleland, you got the worst of it there," cried a gentleman in a flaxen wig.
"zounds; but you look like a little tigress," he exclaimed, admiringly.
zounds, I don't see why I shouldn't burn a house as well as Whitecraft.
zounds,” said the master, “I will go as I may, but not in a perpendicular line; I am not a mathematician.
zounds, you are the commander here, Captain; we will go wherever you please.
Hearing which, the countess called out to the cook, "zounds, you must set the house on fire but it shall be roasted!"
"zounds, I should think not," answered the triumphant governor.
c.1600, oath of surprise or anger, altered from (by) God's wounds!