from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Damnation. See Regional Note at tarnation.
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- n. Alternative form of tarnation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A minced form of damnation, used as an exclamation.
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St. Jingo was the only saint, and a "darnation" or "darn you," were the only oaths his puritan education ever permitted him to use.
Gosh darnation we have us some cow pies for brains people here in the Lone Star State.
Boy, I'm too old to be wandering around in darnation.
As Buck turned with a surly "What the darnation?" the other whispered:
As Dr. Bill declared in one of his infrequent outbursts of passionate protest: "The place is one darnation public brothel; a scandal to the northland, a shame on humanity."
Jest get to it an 'set all the darnation territory you ken find between you an'
I want her so bad I feel I could get right out an 'trail around these darnation hills, an' skitter holes, hollering 'help' like some mangy coyote chasing up her young.
You reckon you've got all you need of our brains, and your own brute force and darnation foolishness can run these great mills which are to hand you the big money you reckon it hands us.
Why, sure I'll send it, even if it's to tell him how mighty glad you are to be quitting the prison I'd condemned you to, and the joy it's going to hand you to see his darnation Teuton face again.
But I'm crazy to marry you and have been that way ever since you came along, and sat right in this office, and invited me to take tea in the parlour of that darnation bug, Peterman.