noun Etymology: alteration of darnation, euphemism for damnation Date: 1790 damnation — often used as an interjection or intensive; often used with in <
tarnation strike me — James Joyce
where in tarnation you from? — Jessamyn West

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tarnation — tar·na·tion (tär nā’shən) New England & Southern US n. ▸ The act of damning or the condition of being damned. interj. ▸ Used to express anger or annoyance. ╂ [Alteration (influenced by TARNAL(Cf. ↑tarnal)) of DARNATION(Cf. ↑darnation).] Word… …   Word Histories

  • tarnation — /taˈneɪʃən/ (say tah nayshuhn) Colloquial –interjection 1. damnation. –noun 2. an act or instance of saying tarnation . 3. eternal damnation. –adjective 4. damned: I can t get the tarnation car to start. –adverb 5. (an intensifier): *I ll sing… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tarnation — /tahr nay sheuhn/, Older Use. interj. 1. damnation. n. 2. damnation; hell (used as a euphemism): Where in tarnation is that boy? adv. 3. damned. [1775 85; b. tarnal, dial. form of ETERNAL and DAMNATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • tarnation — noun The act or process of damnation or reprobation; hell. What in tarnation is going on? …   Wiktionary

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