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forsooth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv forsooth an archaic word originally meaning `in truth' but now usually used to express disbelief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forsooth A person who used forsooth much; a very ceremonious and deferential person. "You sip so like a forsooth of the city."
    • adv Forsooth In truth; in fact; certainly; very well; -- formerly used as an expression of deference or respect, especially to woman; now used ironically or contemptuously. "A fit man, forsooth, to govern a realm!""Our old English word forsooth has been changed for the French madam ."
    • v. t Forsooth To address respectfully with the term forsooth. "The captain of the “Charles” had forsoothed her, though he knew her well enough and she him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forsooth In truth; in fact; certainly; very well: now commonly used ironically.
    • forsooth [Being formerly common as an affected garnish of polite conversation, forsooth came to be regarded as noting a ladies' man, and was occasionally used, allusively, as a noun or a verb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Forsooth for-sōōth′ in truth: certainly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. forsōð,; for, prep. + sōð, sooth, truth. See For prep,., and Sooth

Usage

In literature:

Blackman was ever ready enough for a lawsuit, forsooth pined for one.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
He must wait, forsooth, till the people come up to it and agree with him!
"American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
Today he complains, forsooth, that the last buck we killed was killed on his ground, and by rights belonged to him.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
And to call him "poor Henry," forsooth!
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
He must hear from her own lips, forsooth, how she relishes this union.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Here's a long list of others, all of whom have been oppressed, forsooth.
"The Poor Scholar" by William Carleton
When our present police first appeared in their uniforms and black belts, another prophecy, forsooth, was fulfilled.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Tell an honest man from a dishonest one, forsooth!
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
I should like to see the man or woman either, forsooth, to stop me.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
As though the world was always reasonable, forsooth!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, May, 1878, No. 7." by Various
Not worthy of him forsooth!
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Forsooth, they too were traitors, working against British interests!
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Now the travellers land far away down the pier, at the new-fangled 'Calais Maritime,' forsooth!
"A Day's Tour" by Percy Fitzgerald
Think of Goervyl and Llayan very tenderly forsooth; but not a word about his people!
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Now, forsooth, they must see this country and that, and visit a dozen places in the year, where their grandparents visited one.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
Then who, forsooth, the glory wins?
"Hymns, Songs, and Fables, for Young People" by Eliza Lee Follen
And now forsooth I'll wait on you down Stairs.
"The Busie Body" by Susanna Centlivre
Is it, forsooth, that you may avoid becoming a slave?
"History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8)" by Procopius
But if he did not give her his estate, he might extend to her, forsooth, his counsel and protection.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Forsooth, no one is envious of another.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
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In poetry:

And now, forsooth, I tell ye,
Who listen to my strain,
That such a set of brothers
Will ne’er be seen again.
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
I brought a wealth of truest love,
The most that I could proffer,
Because, forsooth, of stocks or bonds
I had not one to offer.
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
Unwrinkled youth and grace, forsooth,
Speed hand in hand together;
The songs we sing
In time of spring
Are hushed in wintry weather.
"To Quintus Hirpinus" by Eugene Field
“What man is this with shield and spear
Comes riding down the bent to us?
A goodly man forsooth he were
But for his visage piteous.”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
"Ho! Master Sam," quoth Sandys' sprite,
"Write on, nor let me scare ye;
Forsooth, if Rhymes fall in not right,
To Budgell seek, or Carey.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
With his lance’s haft the body he push’d,
The head came toppling down:
That the Giant was a warrior stark,
Forsooth, I am forc’d to own.
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow

In news:

Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue because the look on your face tells me that would be a good idea.
Forsooth, the Ohio Renaissance Festival is again upon us.
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