Synonyms for fain

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It was only as he exclaimed, “Good aunt, I am fain to see thee here!”

A burst of Homeric laughter was Sir William's reply--laughter in which all were fain to join.

The mate admired at a mood so novel for his commander, but he was fain to submit.

Bowed then to bench those bearers-of-glory, fain of the feasting.

But, no thanks unto him, the Bible he was fain to leave unmeddled with.

Me therein, an innocent man, the fiendish foe was fain to thrust with many another.

He said I must sing—it was part of my studies, and I was fain to bend to his will.

One thing we fain would emphasise, before we conclude our account.

She kissed him again, fain to dispel the shadow that darkened his face.

Neither were to be had, and he was fain to put up with a wafer.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English fægen, fagen "glad, cheerful, happy, joyful, rejoicing," from a common Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon fagan, Old Norse feginn "glad," Old High German faginon, Gothic faginon "to rejoice"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty." As an adverb, from c.1200.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FAIN

disposed

adjectiveinclined to a type of behavior
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