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Monday, November 12, 2012

Definitions for troth

  1. one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.
  2. faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty: by my troth.
  3. truth or verity: in troth.

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Citations for troth
Now, in troth, 'tis a great pity, quoth mine Irish host, that all this good courtship should be lost; for the young gentlewoman has been after going out of hearing of it all along. Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, 1767
By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it… William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, 1600
Origin of troth
Troth entered English in the 1100s from the Middle English trowthe, trouthe meaning "truth." It ultimately comes from the Old English trēowth.