[ bih-jee-zuh s, -jey- ]
/ bɪˈdʒi zəs, -ˈdʒeɪ- /


(used as a mild oath expressing dismay, anger, or the like).


Informal. dickens; devil; deuce: The conglomerate plans to take that tiny company and expand the bejesus out of it.

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Origin of bejesus

First recorded in 1905–10; alteration of oath by Jesus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bejesus

/ (bɪˈdʒeɪzəz) informal /


an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people


the bejesus (intensifier) used in such phrases as beat the bejesus out of, scare the bejesus out of, etc

Word Origin for bejesus

C20: alteration of by Jesus!
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