The faintness of chaperons would no longer imperil his comfort.
“faintness, I should say,” said the officer who knelt by him.
There was nevertheless an obstacle to the acceptance of this negation in a faintness of heart which I could not overcome.
The first sensation that I experienced was a deadly sickness and faintness.
As Wilson fell she closed her eyes, fighting a faintness that almost overcame her.
The faintness which had almost numbed her senses passed away.
Helene looked at her and answered with a nod; her face was ashy white with faintness, while the other's was lit up by smiles.
Under the bidding of the liquor the faintness from the exertion and reaction was leaving me.
Lysias obeyed, but with a faintness coming coldly upon him, but as he went there was a sad thought weighing upon his heart.
The squire was waiting for me at the stern window, all his faintness gone from him.
c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.
"grow weak" (c.1300); "lose heart" (mid-14c.); see faint (adj.). Sense of "swoon" is c.1400. Related: Fainted; fainting.
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope. adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.