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tarnation Syllabification: tar·na·tion
Pronunciation: /tärˈnāSHən/

Definition of tarnation in English:

noun& exclamation

chiefly North American
Used as a euphemism for “damnation.”.
Example sentences
  • I'll tell you what's wrong with my car - it's the worst darn heap of scrap metal this side of tarnation!
  • We went down yonder to the cement pond and I fell on a pretzel, tarnation!
  • What in tarnation were you yelling about Juliet!


Late 18th century: alteration.

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