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(prenominal) damned
(intensifier): tarnal lucky!
Derived Forms
tarnally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: aphetic dialect pronunciation of eternal
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  • Well, it's your time o' life to make a 'tarnal fool o' yourself.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • Anyhow, up there in the mountains we see a tarnal power of quare things.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Them's the heads of the tarnal cusses just coming over the line of that rise.

  • “That war done in a fight with some tarnal Greasers,” answered Dick.

    Frank in the Woods

    Harry Castlemon
  • No, mister, not at all—only it kind o' strikes me that you are 'tarnal savin' of truth.

  • It seems to me more like a 'tarnal big town-meeting than an army.

  • I grabbed at the tarnal ghost, and if I could have got a grip on it I'd downed it.

    The Funny Philosophers George Yellott
  • "It's a tarnal fact," panted Abe, waving his hands importantly.

  • Think of 'em, and then set your teeth and yank the 'tarnal daylights out of her.

  • She's lame in her off hind foot, an' she'll tarnal soon give out if he pushes her like that.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

    Burt L. Standish

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