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tarnation

[ tahr-ney-shuhn ]
/ tɑrˈneɪ ʃən /
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interjection

damnation: Tarnation! Burned the fatback again.

noun

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

adverb

damned: What's making you so tarnation miserable?

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Origin of tarnation

First recorded in 1775–85; blend of ’tarnal, dialectal pronunciation of eternal, and darnation (“hell”); see damnation
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tarnation
/ (tɑːˈneɪʃən) /

noun

a euphemism for damnation
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