noun & exclamationchiefly North American
Used as a euphemism for “damnation.”.
More 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.
Definition of tarnation in:
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