tarnation

noun tar·na·tion \ ˌtär-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of tarnation

: damnation often used as an interjection or intensive often used with in
  • tarnation strike me
  • —James Joyce
  • where in tarnation you from?
  • —Jessamyn West

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Origin and Etymology of tarnation

alteration of darnation, euphemism for damnation



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