from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fain or content; willingness; compliance.


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  • He felt courage in his heart and lustiness in his limbs and fainness in his thought.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • And Messire Gawain searcheth the ranks to find the knight, albeit when he meeteth knight in his way he cannot choose but do whatsoever a knight may do of arms, and yet more would he have done but for his fainness to seek out the knight.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • Sansculottism claps hands; -- at which hand-clapping, Foulon (in his fainness, as his Destiny would have it) also claps.

    The French Revolution

  • "Now I take this very kind, Mr. Craig; for I could not have expected you, considering ye have got, as I am told, your jo in the house"; at which words the Doctor winked paukily to Mr. Daff, who rubbed his hands with fainness, and gave a good-humoured sort of keckling laugh.

    The Ayrshire Legatees, or, the Pringle family

  • He brought it me, and I made him great joy, but when he told me his name was Arthur I had no fainness of the bounty he had done me, for that he had the name of that evil King. "

    The High History of the Holy Graal


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