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- (obsolete, Classics) Invocation of the Roman god Jupiter.
- 1575, “Apius and Virginia”, in Isaac Reed, Octavius Gilchrist, editor, A Select Collection of Old Plays, London: Septimus Prowett, published 1826, page 353:
- By Jove, master marchant, by sea or by land / Would get but smale argent if I did not stand / His very good master, I may say to you, / When he hazards in hope what hap will insue.
- (dated, chiefly British) minced oath for by God, Jove referring to Jupiter.
- 1897, Corelli, Marie, “Chapter I”, in Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul, New York: Stone & Kimball, page 30:
- "Oh, as to that!"—and Lord Fulkeward roused himself to some faint show of energy. "Who wouldn't admire her? By Jove! Only, I tell you what—there's something weird about her eyes. Fact! I don't like her eyes."
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