American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In truth; indeed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In truth; in fact; certainly; very well: now commonly used ironically.
- [Being formerly common as an affected garnish of polite conversation, forsooth came to be regarded as noting a ladies' man, and was occasionally used, allusively, as a noun or a verb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In truth; in fact; certainly; very well; -- formerly used as an expression of deference or respect, especially to woman; now used ironically or contemptuously.
- v. obsolete To address respectfully with the term
- n. rare A person who used
forsoothmuch; a very ceremonious and deferential person.
- adv. an archaic word originally meaning `in truth' but now usually used to express disbelief
- From Middle English for + sothe ("truth") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forsoth, from Old English forsōth : for, for; see for + sōth, truth; see sooth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Attacked!" repeated Wolfe, -- "attacked!" and then suddenly sinking his voice into a sort of sneer, "why, since the event which this painting is designed to commemorate, I know not if we have ever had one solitary gleam of liberty break along the great chaos of jarring prejudice and barbarous law which we term forsooth a glorious constitution.”
“Why must my name forsooth be given up to the Commander-in-Chief as that of the most guilty of the grumblers?”
“Thou deem’st it Hell but here, forsooth, is Heaven,”
“Hear sentence forsooth, that is, the ratling of broken glasses, and the expounding of dreams?”
“So that there on her head sang the ring-sword forsooth”
“But let him now dare _allude_ to Romanism -- he offends one-half of his congregation -- he is _preaching_ politics -- they will hear him no more; or forsooth, which is more common, they will withhold his support and starve him out!”
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“You pretend to carry despatches to a general who has been dead these ten months: you have an uncle who is an ambassador, and whose name forsooth you don't know.”
“Your city-mannerly word forsooth, use it not too often in any case.”
“Verily", "forsooth" - words consigned to the vocabulary dustbin hundreds of years ago resurrected for use in a video game.”
“Or drives them to "forsooth" style roleplaying or, more often, to the selfishly fulfilling but socially pathological road of deriving fun from ganking others.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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