faint-heartedly love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a timorous or cowardly manner.


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  • For the first time I thought faint-heartedly of the greatness of the risk, of the adverse chances arrayed against me, of the fair promise of our new life, and of the peril in which I might place the happiness which we had so hardly earned.

    The Woman in White

  • Mr. Polly backed rather faint-heartedly, but Aunt Larkins was not to be denied.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • And as she regarded the figure, she thought of the numberless villages timidly pressed to the ground; of the people, faint-heartedly and secretly awaiting the coming of truth; and of the thousands of people who senselessly and silently work their whole lifetime without awaiting the coming of anything.


  • Then the motherly affection hindered the growth of the broader human feeling, burned it; and in place of a great sentiment a small, dismal thought beat faint-heartedly in the gray ashes of alarm:


  • And so, lagging faint-heartedly, he lost her in the maze of books.

    Burned Bridges

  • Mavis set going a bell, which could be heard faint-heartedly tinkling in the distance; she employed the time that she was kept waiting in examining the statue.

    Sparrows: the story of an unprotected girl

  • "Suppose, after I get up there on that plateau, I didn't find any man at all," I ventured faint-heartedly, but with a ripple of my risibles; the last in life I fear.

    The Tinder-Box

  • Unwillingly, faint-heartedly, with murmurings and blasphemy against the

    My Life in Christ, or Moments of Spiritual Serenity and Contemplation, of Reverent Feeling, of Earnest Self-Amendment, and of Peace in God

  • And we must deal with our sorrows as we deal with any other gift of God, courageously and temperately, not faint-heartedly or wilfully; not otherwise can they be blest to us.

    At Large

  • Why should one so faint-heartedly persist in making choice of experiences, in welcoming what is pleasant, what feeds our vanity and self-satisfaction, what gives one, like the rich fool, the sense of false security of goods stored up for the years?

    The Silent Isle


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