1. a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
Derivationally related forms: ↑faint
Hypernyms: ↑feeling
2. the property of being without strength

the faintness or potency of the feeling

Derivationally related forms: ↑faint
Hypernyms: ↑weakness
3. barely audible
Derivationally related forms: ↑faint
Hypernyms: ↑softness
4. the trait of lacking boldness and courage

faintness of heart and infirmity of purpose

Syn: ↑faintheartedness
Derivationally related forms: ↑faint, ↑fainthearted (for: ↑faintheartedness)
Hypernyms: ↑timidity, ↑timorousness
5. the quality of being dim or lacking contrast
Syn: ↑dimness
Derivationally related forms: ↑faint, ↑dim (for: ↑dimness)
Hypernyms: ↑indistinctness, ↑softness, ↑blurriness, ↑fogginess, ↑fuzziness

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