Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used as an oath.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An imprecation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection obsolete An abbreviation of God's blood; -- used as an oath.

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  • interjection archaic An exclamation formerly used as an oath, and an expression of anger or wonder.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Shortening of God's blood.]

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Shortened from God's blood. In medieval times, people would curse on God's body parts rather than breaking the third commandment (Do not use the Lord's name in vain oaths). In this case, the exclamation refers to Christ's blood shed during the crucifixion and commemorated by the drinking of wine during communion.

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