Definitions

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  • adv. Used as an oath to emphasis the veracity of an associated statement.
  • adv. Used as an intensifier
  • interj. Used as an exclamation of surprise.

Etymologies

ellipsis of a full oath of the form "I swear by God that...." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There at Mota the good example of George Sarawia, the collective result of the teaching of many years, and the steady conduct, with one exception, of the returned scholars, have now been blessed by God to the conversion of many of the people.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • He offered in exchange some of the monasteries which had lately been suppressed; the Bismarcks (the family was represented by two pairs of brothers, who all lived together in the great castle) long refused; they represented that their ancestors had been faithful vassals; they had served the Electors with blood and treasure; they wished “to remain in the pleasant place to which they had been assigned by God Almighty.”

    Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire

  • This Psalm was recited by David in the forest of Hereth, which was so called because it was arid as clay (heres), but it was watered by God with all the delights of the next world

    Rashi

  • They are all in Arabick; but the Alcoran, he says, was originally wrote by God himself, not in

    Some memoirs of the life of Job : the son of Solomon, the high priest of Boonda in Africa,

  • The loser does not hate but envy the person who is chosen by God or who wins at Trente-et-Quarante.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • No doubt the Pythagorean theory suffers from a defect similar to that of the Kabalistic doctrine, which, starting from the fact that all words are composed of letters, representing the primary sounds of language, maintained that all the things represented by these words were created by God by means of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • Satterlee kept talking about the climate being perfect, the grand jury a sweetheart deal that was preordained by God for this time and place only, a deal that would never come again.

    The Big Nowhere

  • The task, as unenviable as it may have been to many of the people sitting in those stadium seats—including me for a short span—was an opportunity given by God for me to shine.

    One Season

  • What he thought of the duties of princes we see from an expression he uses in a letter to Manteuffel: “Only Christianity can make princes what they ought to be, and free them from that conception of life which causes many of them to seek in the position given them by God nothing but the means to a life of pleasure and irresponsibility.”

    Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire

  • Medora, Gulnare, the Page in 'Lara,' Parisina, and the lost sister of Manfred, love the more intensely because the object of the love is a criminal, out-lawed by God and man.

    Lady Byron Vindicated

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