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synonyms for fain

  • eager
  • game
  • inclined
  • minded
  • prepared
  • ready
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How to use fain in a sentence

Richard would fain have moralised and comforted, but she felt as if she knew it all before, and heard with languid attention.
THE DAISY CHAINCHARLOTTE YONGE
I am a poor fellow, sir; that shall be a longtime getting rich, and would fain not die till I am so.
THE BATTLE OF HEXHAM;GEORGE COLMAN
I longed to hear her and to see her always; I would have died in rapture at her side, but I was never fain to wed her.
MARGUERITEANATOLE FRANCE
The incident recalled was one that he would fain have forgotten, one the truth of which he intended at all hazards to conceal.
THE DOCTOR OF PIMLICOWILLIAM LE QUEUX
There is an obvious allusion in this line to the common proverb—'As fain as fowl of a fair morrow,' which is quoted in the Kn.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 1 (OF 7) -- ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE; MINOR POEMSGEOFFREY CHAUCER
Then they fared to Constantinople, being fain to see King Hugo, who was renowned for his magnificence.
THE MERRIE TALES OF JACQUES TOURNEBROCHEANATOLE FRANCE
Drance198 would fain pass for a man who rules his master, though his master and the world know better.
THE 'CHARACTERS' OF JEAN DE LA BRUYREJEAN DE LA BRUYRE
He would fain cozen and betray us, like the Brother Richard, who at this very time is riding with our enemies.
THE MERRIE TALES OF JACQUES TOURNEBROCHEANATOLE FRANCE
Smith himself would fain have counteracted by a letter the mischief done by his ‘books spread in print.’
IRELAND UNDER THE TUDORS, VOL. II (OF 3)RICHARD BAGWELL
Myself in good health, but mighty apt to take cold, so that this hot weather I am fain to wear a cloth before my belly.
DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, COMPLETESAMUEL PEPYS
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WORDS RELATED TO FAIN

  • apt
  • at drop of hat
  • biased
  • fain
  • game
  • game for
  • given
  • liable
  • likely
  • minded
  • of a mind to
  • partial
  • predisposed
  • prone
  • ready
  • subject
  • tending toward
  • willing
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