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forsooth


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forsooth  \For*sooth"\,  n. 
  A  person  who  used  forsooth  much  a  very  ceremonious  and 
  deferential  person.  [R.] 
 
  You  sip  so  like  a  forsooth  of  the  city.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forsooth  \For*sooth"\,  adv  [AS.  fors[=o][eth];  for  prep.  + 
  s[=o][eth]  sooth,  truth.  See  {For},  prep.,  and  {Sooth}.] 
  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!  --Hayward. 
 
  Our  old  English  word  forsooth  has  been  changed  for  the 
  French  madam.  --Guardian. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forsooth  \For*sooth"\,  v.  t. 
  To  address  respectfully  with  the  term  forsooth.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  captain  of  the  ``Charles''  had  forsoothed  her 
  though  he  knew  her  well  enough  and  she  him  --Pepys. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forsooth 
  adv  :  (used  as  intensifiers  or  sentence  modifiers)  "in  truth, 
  moral  decay  hastened  the  decline  of  the  Roman  Empire"; 
  "really,  you  shouldn't  have  done  it";  "a  truly  awful 
  book";  (`forsooth'  is  archaic  and  now  usually  used  to 
  express  disbelief)  [syn:  {in  truth},  {really},  {truly}] 




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