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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Definitions for fain

  1. Gladly; willingly.
  2. Content; willing.
  3. Archaic: Constrained; obliged.

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Citations for fain
I saw Mark Antony offer him a crown; - yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of these coronets; - and, as I told you, he put it by once: but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
He would fain have ridden day and night, and grudged every halt for refreshment, so as almost to run the risk of making the men mutinous. Charlotte M. Yonge, A Chaplet of Pearls
Origin of fain
900
Fain has ancient roots in the Old English fæg, "happy."