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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Definitions for amain

  1. Archaic. with full force.
  2. Archaic. at full speed.
  3. Archaic. suddenly; hastily.

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Citations for amain
So, grasping the rough protuberances of the rock, he tugged and toiled amain, and got himself quite out of breath, without being able to stir the heavy stone. Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Minotaur," Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys, 1853
They hither march amain, under conduct / Of Lucius, son to old Andronicus… William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, 1594
Origin of amain
1530-1540
Amain entered English in the mid-1500s as a combination of a- and main, which in turn comes from the Old English mægen meaning "power, strength."
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