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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly New England & Upper Southern U.S. Damned. See Regional Note at tarnation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An epithet of reprobation: used as a piece of mild profanity.

Etymologies

Alteration of eternal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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