from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A corruption of par Dieu (‘by God’: see pardy): used as an exclamation or minced oath.


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  • We know well what you are; we know well that you are all brave, parbleu! we know well that you all have in your souls the joy and the glory of giving your life for the great cause; we know well that you feel yourselves elected to die usefully and magnificently, and that each one of you clings to his share in the triumph.

    Les Miserables

  • As for clothes, parbleu! there is not much money to be saved in clothes, for the fact is, as a man advances in life — as he becomes an Ancient Briton (mark the pleasantry) — he goes without clothes.

    Roundabout Papers

  • Madame la Comtesse — when he gave lessons in dancing, parbleu!

    The Newcomes

  • “Eh, parbleu, Monsieur le Vicomte sait bien que nous avons toujours vingt-quatre chemises,” says Frederic, grumbling.

    The Newcomes

  • _ "" _Les Anglais savent manier leurs chevaux, parbleu!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • "Ay, parbleu," cried three or four sous-officiers in a breath, "the general shall see him himself."

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • "Why _parbleu_! he heard the dot, dot of my wooden leg, to be sure, stumping up the tower-stairs," answered the jolly fellow, laughing.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales

  • "A little war of my own," said he, "a serious business, _parbleu! _"

    A Village of Vagabonds

  • Complaints would have been made, but, parbleu, I should not have cared.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • If I had my deserts -- parbleu! let us accept such benefits as the gods provide, and not question the wisdom of their dispensations.

    Gallantry Dizain des Fetes Galantes


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