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aswoon

[ uh-swoon ]
/ əˈswun /
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adjective, adverb

being in a swoon: the duchess aswoon on the couch in despair.

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Origin of aswoon

1300–50; Middle English aswowe(n), aswowne, alteration (with initial vowel taken as a-1) of i swone(n), in swoue(n), reanalysis, as a prepositional phrase, of iswouen,Old English geswōgen fainted; see y-, swoon
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Example sentences from the Web for aswoon

  • She looked now like an Oread aswoon in the midday heats, pure of thought or dread or memory.

    Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett
  • Justice is fallen aswoon in the gate; and the long shadows of the evening are stretched out upon us.

  • He understood that she was nearly aswoon because he had suffered once.

    What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
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