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Pronunciation : For*sooth"
Part of Speech : adv.
Etymology : [AS. forso\'eb; for, prep. + so\'eb sooth, truth. See For, prep., and Sooth.]
Definition : Defn: 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.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : For*sooth"
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: 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.

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Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : For*sooth"
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: A person who used forsooth much; a very ceremonious and deferential person. [R.] You sip so like a forsooth of the city. B. Jonson.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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