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Below you will find the definition of fain, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adverb) - in a willing manner
EXAMPLES - Fain in a Sentence
- Martin listened and fain would have rubbed his eyes. (source)
- "I fain would dwell in Devon now, forever in my place." (source)
- But when spring goes, and winter blows, my lassie you'll be fain. (source)
- Before we'll part, I'll wage a croon, she's fain to follow it yet. (source)
- I think it's a brillian ASBO cartoon as are most of them, but ... "fain?" (source)
- Sooth Pacific: "Verily, whenas there be a dame, fain would there be nought like it." (source)
- He, too, had fain been the father of her children, and many skins has he cured thereto. (source)
- Eachin listened, with a look as if he would fain have believed the words of the comforter. (source)
- This I fain would learn, the way thou didst escape; and after that I will ask thee of the rest. (source)
- Thou art right to scorn and blame such friends; yet welcome those who fain would help the state. (source)
- It would but anger thee to hear what I intend, and so I fain would keep thee ignorant, my father. (source)
- "Why do you not draw back your garment's hem?" she was fain to cry out, all in that flashing, dazzling second. (source)
- For I would fain know what substance exists, that has not something in it which manifestly baffles our understandings. (source)
- I would fain ask such stupid people whether by beating a boy they would teach him to read without showing him the alphabet. (source)
- Nibble a little-something to get me through the day and fain the mixed part of my marriage by opting out, hall pass in hand. (source)
-  Morris became so intolerant of French vocables that he detested and would "fain" have eschewed the very word literature. (source)
- It skills not talking, least of all to thee, Oliver Proudfute, who, if thou art not such a one as himself, would fain be thought so. (source)
- I tell thee, Conachar is nothing to her, but so far as she would fain prevent the devil having his due of him, as of other Highlandmen. (source)
- I would have fain rubbed my eyes and looked again, for, as far as I could see, the rocks bordering upon the ocean were covered with seals. (source)
- I am fain to leave a walled house, and, better still, to get outside of the walls within and join the city in friendship and let the city join me. (source)
- And beyond his star-gazing, in his far-imagined heavens, Valkyrie or houri, man has fain made place for her, for he could see no heaven without her. (source)
- It sometimes happens that when some ancient lips are presented I would fain pass them by unkissed, but when I start in I have to take it as it comes. (source)
- You made a very good speech, Agathon, replied Socrates; but there is yet one small question which I would fain ask: - Is not the good also the beautiful? (source)
- I fell into the snare, spoke freely, and, as he argued gently, as one who would fain be convinced, I even spoke warmly in defence of what I believed devoutly. (source)
- The knight just turned his eye on the ghastly spectacle, and uttered, under the pressure of bodily pain or mental agony, a groan which he would fain have repressed. (source)
- Come, let me veil my head in darkness; for I am ashamed of the evil I have done, and, since for these I have incurred fresh blood-guiltiness, I would fain not harm the innocent. (source)
- There was something else which she would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh convulsion seized her and choked her words. (source)
- They came on steadily, and some of us would fain have shot at them; but it was strictly forbidden, and we were obliged to remain motionless, sheltering ourselves behind the battlement as we best might. (source)
- I would fain have flung myself on my knees; but the doctor, leaving the patient to the young lady and the servant, who wheeled forward his chair, and were replacing him in it, hurried me out of the room. (source)
- When he reached London Bridge, the only available crossing, Pepys found the wooden barriers on either side had been torn away in the storm, "so that we were fain to stoop very low for fear of blowing off of the bridge." (source)
- Prince raised himself as high as his fetters permitted; a red glare, against which he was fain to shut his eyes, streamed through the vault; and when he opened them again, it was on the ghastly form of one whom he had reason to think dead. (source)
- I wish it had been vouchsafed me to be by when your spirit of a sudden grew willing to bestow itself without question or let or hope of return, when the self broke up and grew fain to beat out your strength in praise and service for the woman who was soaring high in the blue wastes. (source)
- Of noble parents was I born, the daughter of Night, sprung from the blood of Uranus; and these prerogatives I hold, not to use them in anger against friends, nor have I any joy in visiting the homes of men; and fain would I counsel Hera, before I see her err, and thee too, if ye will hearken to my words. (source)
- The greatest part of our knowledge depends upon deductions and intermediate ideas: and in those cases where we are fain to substitute assent instead of knowledge, and take propositions for true, without being certain they are so, we have need to find out, examine, and compare the grounds of their probability. (source)
- Could they be other than the insidious whispers of the bad angel, who would fain have persuaded the struggling woman, as yet only half his victim, that the outward guise of purity was but a lie, and that, if truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom besides Hester Prynne's? (source)
- Ah! right hand, how fain wouldst thou wield the spear, but thy weakness is a death-blow to thy fond desire; for then had I stopped thee calling me slave, and I would have governed Thebes, wherein thou art now exulting, with credit; for city sick with dissension and evil counsels thinketh not aright; otherwise it would never have accepted thee as its master. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 70.0, which suggests that "fain" is a fairly easy word that is likely to be understood by a majority of English-speaking individuals.
We have 6 synonyms for fain.
eager, game, inclined, minded, prepared, ready
We have 0 antonyms for fain.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of fain from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adverb) Happily; gladly: "I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light” ( Henry David Thoreau).
- (adverb) Archaic Preferably; rather.
- (adjective) Archaic Ready; willing.
- (adjective) Archaic Pleased; happy.
- (adjective) Archaic Obliged or required.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
- (adjective) Satisfied; contented.
- (adverb) With joy; gladly.
- (verb) To be delighted or glad; to rejoice
- (verb) To gladden
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
- (adjective) Satisfied; contented; also, constrained.
- (adverb) With joy; gladly; -- with wold.
- (verb) To be glad ; to wish or desire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Glad; pleased; rejoiced: used absolutely or followed by an infinitive: as, I am fain to see you.
- (None) Glad, in a relative sense; content or willing to accept an alternative to something better but unattainable: followed by an infinitive: as, he was fain to run away.
- (None) Gladly; with pleasure or content: with would.
- (None) To be fain; be glad; rejoice.
- (None) To fawn. See fawn, verb
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adverb) in a willing manner
- (adjective) having made preparations