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faint

noun

1 faint

A spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain.

synonyms: deliquium, swoon, syncope.

Dutch: bezwijming
Polish: omdlenie, zasłabnięcie, zemdlenie



verb

1 faint

Pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain.

synonyms: conk, pass out, swoon.

Roget 688: be fatigued etc. adj.; yawn etc. (get sleepy) 683; droop, sink, flag; lose breath, lose wind; gasp, pant, ... show more

Roget 158: be impotent etc. adj.; not have a leg to stand on.    vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou [Fr.], vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents [Fr.].    collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop; go by the board, go by the wayside; ... show more

Dutch: wegraken, zwijmelen

adjective

1 faint

Deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc:
— A faint outline.
— The wan sun cast faint shadows.
— The faint light of a distant candle.
— A faint hissing sound.
— A faint aroma.

synonym: weak.

Roget 429: uncolored etc. (color) etc. 428; colorless, achromatic, aplanatic; etiolate, etiolated; hueless, pale, pallid; palefaced, ... show more

Roget 405: inaudible; scarcely audible, just audible; low, dull; stifled, muffled; hoarse, husky; gentle, soft, faint; floating; purling, ... show more

Roget 160: weak, feeble, debile; impotent etc. 158; relaxed, unnerved, etc. v.; sapless, strengthless, powerless; weakly, ... show more

Roget 688: fatigued, tired etc. v.; weary etc. 841; drowsy etc. 683; drooping etc. v.; ... show more

2 faint

Lacking clarity or distinctness:
— Only a faint recollection.

synonyms: dim, shadowy, vague, wispy.

Roget 422: dim, dull, lackluster, dingy, darkish, shorn of its beams, dark 421.    faint, shadowed forth; glassy; cloudy; misty etc. ... show more

3 faint

Lacking strength or vigor:
— Damning with faint praise.
— Faint resistance.

synonym: feeble.

Polish: słaby, wątły

4 faint

Weak and likely to lose consciousness:
— Suddenly felt faint from the pain.
— Was sick and faint from hunger.

synonyms: light, light-headed, lightheaded, swooning.

Roget 32: small, little; diminutive etc. (small in size) 193; minute; fine; inconsiderable, paltry etc. (unimportant) 643; faint ... show more

5 faint

Indistinctly understood or felt or perceived.

6 faint

Lacking conviction or boldness or courage:
— Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.

synonyms: faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid.


Moby thesaurus: KO, abulic, achromatic, achromic, afraid, ailing, anemic, ashen, ashy, asthenic, bad, balmy, barely audible, below par, black out, blackout, bland, blear, bleared, bleary ... show more.

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