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[fawr-sooth] /fɔrˈsuθ/
adverb, Archaic.
(now used in derision or to express disbelief) in truth; in fact; indeed.
Origin of forsooth
before 900; Middle English forsothe, Old English forsōth. See for, sooth Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for forsooth
Historical Examples
  • Lent her by Father Christopher of the priory, forsooth—that is ever her answer.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It would not have a circus of its own, forsooth, but it would share in ours!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He would reduce us to the example of the primitive ages, forsooth!

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • Your governess cannot win the confidence and respect of your children, forsooth!

  • And why, forsooth, but because those tents were covered with skins?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Twelve good pieces I paid for you, and now, forsooth, I am to be told that you will not eat!

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Mighty pleasant and witty, by my body; sixty years, forsooth!

  • These people had a noble game before them, but, forsooth, they did not fancy their partner!

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • And this barbarian, with his "improvement" schemes, forsooth!

  • Business enough, forsooth; for I have the strangest Tydings!

    The City Bride (1696) Joseph Harris
British Dictionary definitions for forsooth


(archaic) in truth; indeed
Word Origin
Old English forsōth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forsooth

Old English forsoð "indeed, verily," from for-, perhaps here with intensive force (or else the whole might be "for a truth"), + soð "truth" (see sooth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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