by Jove

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pro Iovem. Ellipsis of a full oath of the form "I swear by Jove that…" Originally a literal oath; later a minced oath.

Interjection[edit]

by Jove

  1. (obsolete, Classics) Invocation of the Greek 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.
    • a. 1639, Webster, John, Appius and Virginia, London: printed for Humphrey Moseley, published 1659, act 3, scene 1, page 38:
      By Joves help I'l[sic] be there.
  2. (dated, chiefly British) minced oath for by God, Jove referring to Jupiter.

Synonyms[edit]

  • For semantic relationships of this term, see wow in the Thesaurus.

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]