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Informal (chiefly North American). In oaths and asseverations: = "Jesus Christ". Compare B. Now rare.
Informal (originally and chiefly North American). Used to express shock, surprise, etc.: ‘Jesus Christ!’.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From the name of JudasIscariot + priest.
Judas Priest/ˌdʒuːdəs ˈpriːst/
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