Definition of tarnation in English:


Syllabification: tar·na·tion
Pronunciation: /tärˈnāSHən

noun & exclamation

chiefly North American
  • Used as a euphemism for “damnation.”.
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    • 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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