- force; power: By dint of hard work she became head of the company.
- a dent.
- Archaic. a blow; stroke.
- to make a dent or dents in.
- to impress or drive in with force.
Origin of dint
SynonymsSee more synonyms for dint on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for dint
Both state and federal rulings have imposed additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
Though he made it back to the top by dint of talent and hard work, he remained a deep-dyed cynic for the rest of his life.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
The mountains were theirs by right, by dint of deed and hefty mortgage.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Her potential was recognized early on, and by dint of her performance and loyalty, she ‘came through’ for her former sponsors.Investing in Women
December 9, 2013
In that battle for sovereign expression, by dint of diplomacy, organization and military acumen, the Zionists won handily.Vancouver's 'Disappearing Palestine' Transit Ads Revisited
September 10, 2013
Excellence in art, as in everything else, can only be achieved by dint of painstaking labour.Self-Help
He amused them and made himself their idol by dint of alternate flattery and blame.
We shall enter it as conquerors, by dint of producing masterpieces.
The price of it was three sous, but, by dint of bargaining, she got it for two.The Fat and the Thin
This was run into the corner, and Tom o' Dint and fiddle were seated on top of it.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- by dint of by means or use ofby dint of hard work
- archaic a blow or a mark made by a blow
- (tr) to mark with dints
- a variant of dent 1
Word Origin and History for dint
Old English dynt "blow dealt in fighting" (especially by a sword), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (cf. Old Norse dyntr "blow, kick"). Phrase by dint of ... "by force of, by means of," is early 14c.
Idioms and Phrases with dint
see by dint of.