Word of the DayMonday, November 12, 2012
\trawth, trohth\ , noun;
one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.
faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty: by my troth.
truth or verity: in troth.
Now, in troth, 'tis a great pity, quoth mine Irish host, that all this good courtship should be lost; for the young gentlewoman has been after going out of hearing of it all along.
-- Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, 1767
By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it…
-- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, 1600
Troth entered English in the 1100s from the Middle English trowthe, trouthe meaning "truth." It ultimately comes from the Old English trēowth.
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