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troth

[trawth, trohth] /trɔθ, troʊθ/
noun
1.
faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty:
by my troth.
2.
truth or verity:
in troth.
3.
one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.
Origin of troth
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English trowthe, trouthe, variant of treuthe, Old English trēowth. See truth
Related forms
trothless, adjective
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  • Come, my daughter, shake hands with this gentleman, and pledge him your troth.

  • Now by my troth, so foolish that I myself can hardly refrain laughter.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Believe me, you will have enough to do: there, I pledge you my troth.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • "troth, an' there's little to see when you get there," rejoined the other, sarcastically.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • troth, and I'll tell you: there's not a man in Kerry could say what's her price.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • "troth, I'd like to see myself charge them with any thing," said she, indignantly.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • troth, no then, yer honor; we've lived here so long we'll just stay our time in it.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
  • "troth, you're the only gentleman of my acquaintance," said Freney, quaintly.

British Dictionary definitions for troth

troth

/trəʊθ/
noun (archaic)
1.
a pledge or oath of fidelity, esp a betrothal
2.
truth (esp in the phrase in troth)
3.
loyalty; fidelity
Word Origin
Old English trēowth; related to Old High German gitriuwida loyalty; see truth
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Word Origin and History for troth
n.

late 12c., from a phonetic variant of Old English treowð "faithfulness, truth" (see truth). Restricted to Midlands and Northern England dialect after 16c., and to certain archaic phrases (e.g. plight one's troth). Cf. also betroth.

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