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Definition of Faint


  1. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  2. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."
  3. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  4. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
  5. The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [R.] See Fainting, n.
  6. To become weak or wanting in vigor; to grow feeble; to lose strength and color, and the control of the bodily or mental functions; to swoon; -- sometimes with away. See Fainting, n.
  7. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  8. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  9. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.

Faint Quotations

Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.
Carl von Clausewitz

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake

Photography used to be not for the faint of heart. Its rigors would weed out the not-so-committed pretty quickly. You had to crank the f-stop ring yourself!
Joe McNally

The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.
William Wordsworth

When people approach you angrily, you take them very seriously, and, if you're like me, with the faint suggestion that you can be angry too, and that you would like to know what the shooting is about.
Harry Stack Sullivan
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Faint Translations

faint in Afrikaans is flou word, swak
faint in Danish is svag
faint in Dutch is zwak
faint in German is matt, Ohnmacht
faint in Italian is deliquio
faint in Norwegian is svak, besvime, matt
faint in Spanish is desmayarse, deliquio, desmayo
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