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With a faint shriek, Eudora sprung forward, and threw herself at his feet.

But as Philothea bent over him, she perceived a faint pulsation of the heart.

"Thank you, no," returned the Persian, with a faint smile of his own.

The walls were done in white with a faint blue and silver stripe.

There was a rush and faint roar of the flame up the chimney as the cardboard burned.

It fell slowly, with a crash that was like a faint echo of the explosion.

Yet, now, in the dullness ran a faint suggestion of something sinister.

There was a faint sweet odor of blossoms, so soon to become rank and heavy.

Once or twice I caught some faint echo of the talk about us.

He had fallen into a chair, faint and overcome, as tears came to his eyes.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.

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