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troth

[trawth, trohth]
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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.
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Origin of troth

1125–75; Middle English trowthe, trouthe, variant of treuthe, Old English trēowth. See truth
Related formstroth·less, adjective
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Related Words

pledgeengagementbetrothalpromisedeclarationfidelity

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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


British Dictionary definitions for troth

troth

noun archaic
  1. a pledge or oath of fidelity, esp a betrothal
  2. truth (esp in the phrase in troth)
  3. loyalty; fidelity
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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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