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swound

[swound, swoond] /swaʊnd, swund/
verb (used without object), noun, Archaic.
1.
Origin of swound
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English swounde (v.), variant (with excrescent d) of swoune to swoon
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Historical Examples
  • Hereupon my poor child was torn from me, and I fell in a swound upon the steps.

    The Amber Witch Wilhelm Meinhold
  • I poured out my tale at one breath and in one sentence, and when it ended my mother was in her swound.

  • When my child heard this, she gave a cry of joy, and fell back in a swound with her head against the wall.

    The Amber Witch Wilhelm Meinhold
  • A silence that was like a swound fell on the instant, and the light within went out at a puff.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for swound

swound

/swaʊnd/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic or dialect word for swoon
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