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fain

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

having a desire or inclination (as for a specified course of action)
  • 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

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fain

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of fain (Entry 2 of 2)

by choice or preference
  • "I would fain not marry that suitor, my lord," the princess pleaded

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The first known use of fain was before the 12th century

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“Fain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fain. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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