tarnation

[tahr-ney-shuh n]Older Use.
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interjection

noun

damnation; hell (used as a euphemism): Where in tarnation is that boy?

adverb


Origin of tarnation

1775–85; blend of ’tarnal, dial. form of eternal and damnation
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British Dictionary definitions for tarnation

tarnation

noun

a euphemism for damnation
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Word Origin and History for tarnation
n.

1784, American English alteration of darnation (itself a euphemism for damnation), influenced by tarnal (1790), from phrase by the Eternal (God).

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