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Definition of Fain


  1. Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
  2. Satisfied; contented; also, constrained.
  3. With joy; gladly; -- with wold.
  4. To be glad ; to wish or desire.

Fain Quotations

I would fain grow old learning many things.

In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
Henry David Thoreau

In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant; all that we have felt, thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there, leaning over the present which is about to join it, pressing against the portals of consciousness that would fain leave it outside.
Henri Bergson

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
Walter Raleigh

We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
Joseph Addison
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Fain Translations

fain in German is gern
fain in Swedish is tvungen
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