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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAINTED

If you had not fainted so quickly, then I should have told you what I must tell you now.

Dick rushed to him at once, but he saw that he had only fainted from loss of blood.

I suppose I fainted, for when I opened my eyes I was all alone.

When the curtain slowly rose I thought I should have fainted.

While dressing I fainted three times, but I was determined to play quand-mme.

He had fainted away, and for a moment, indeed, it was thought that he was dead.

I took the knife from her powerless hand, and she fainted in my arms.

The girl pushed it open, and fell into the arms of a man, who caught her as she fainted.

She had fainted and now hung drooping in the arms of the beast.

My heart quailed and fainted at the bare idea of such a thing.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.