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  • I like you better in love with a petticoat, sapristi! with twenty petticoats, than with M. de

    Les Miserables

  • The Rights of Man, the sovereignty of the people, sapristi!

    Les Miserables

  • Your drawing is still ladylike, your color is still pretty, and, _sapristi!

    A Daughter of To-Day

  • Ah, sapristi, but I would give two years of my life to have this boat go to-morrow instead of to-day.

    The Big Four

  • But, sapristi, you must understand that in order to escape I must create, in advance, a public belief in that escape, a belief amounting to an article of faith, an absolute conviction, a reality as glittering as the sun.

    The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar

  • If anybody attempts to check him, -- sapristi! beware his gun!

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • Scarcely had Lloyd finished a single chapter when one of the guards appeared with as much of surprise on his stolid countenance as an overworked under jailer can show; for an unprecedented thing had happened -- a prisoner _au secret_ was to receive a visitor, a young woman, at that, and, _sapristi_, a good-looking one, who came with a special order from the director of the prison.

    Through the Wall

  • "He used his left hand, all right," said Coquenil, "and, _sapristi_, he had sharp nails!"

    Through the Wall

  • "There is a great smell of burnt flesh here, and, sapristi, yes," as he tossed over the logs with his foot "there is a body here, sir, pretty well burnt up."

    The Young Buglers

  • I like you better in love with a petticoat, sapristi! with twenty petticoats, than with M. de Robespierre.

    Les Miserables, Volume IV, Saint Denis

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  • Archaic French euphemist swearword. Short for "Sacre Corpus Christi" (sacristi is a variant). Frequently used by eminent detectives like Hercule Poirot. Also by Tintin.

    March 26, 2011

  • I think it's French. There are a lot of French words in "The Awakening."

    December 27, 2007

  • What language is it jennifer?

    December 26, 2007

  • It means something like “good heavens!�?, “by Jingo!�? or “deary me!�? in English. It’s a mild expletive.

    December 26, 2007