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fain

adjective \ ˈfān \

Definition of fain

1 archaic : happy, pleased
2 archaic : inclined, desirous
3 a : willing
  • he was very fain, for the young widow was "altogether fair and lovely … "
  • —Amy Kelly
b : being obliged or constrained : compelled
  • Great Britain was fain to devote its whole energy … to the business of slaying and being slain
  • —G. M. Trevelyan

Examples of fain in a Sentence

  1. during the Renaissance most men of science and the arts were fain to express their noblest thoughts in Latin, the lingua franca of the learned

Origin and Etymology of fain

Middle English fagen, fayn, from Old English fægen; akin to Old English gefēon to rejoice, Old High German gifehan, Old Norse feginn happy


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fain

adverb

Definition of fain

1 : with pleasure : gladly
  • a speech of fire that fain would blaze
  • —William Shakespeare
2 a : by preference
  • knew it, too, though he would fain not admit it publicly
  • —John Lukacs
b : by desire
  • I would fain consult you
  • —W. S. Gilbert

Examples of fain in a Sentence

  1. “I would fain not marry that suitor, my lord,” the princess pleaded

Origin and Etymology of fain

see 1fain



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