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[dint] /dɪnt/
force; power:
By dint of hard work she became head of the company.
a dent.
Archaic. a blow; stroke.
verb (used with object)
to make a dent or dents in.
to impress or drive in with force.
Origin of dint
before 900; Middle English; Old English dynt; cognate with Old Norse dyntr
Related forms
dintless, adjective
1. effort, strain, exertion, struggle. Unabridged
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  • On some accounts, it has simply addled their brains, destroying their powers of concentration forever by dint of distraction.
  • The authorities have kept the plates spinning by dint of an enormous effort and some unprecedented monetary measures.
  • His access to such elite circles was by dint of his manners, his intellect, and his uncanny ability to fit in.
  • There are examples of design that come to mean much to us by dint of being intelligent, elegant and appropriate.
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  • It was no mean trick, and he accomplished it by dint of his mastery of his craft.
  • And by dint of its popularity and awards, one the audience is buying.
  • Our multimillionaires and billionaires achieved their wealth by dint of individual effort and superiority.
  • They also say she has improved as a politician by dint of the scrutiny she has endured over the last year.
  • He sank into a long depression, recovering by dint of medication and a dramatic spiritual awakening.
British Dictionary definitions for dint


by dint of, by means or use of: by dint of hard work
(archaic) a blow or a mark made by a blow
(transitive) to mark with dints
noun, verb
a variant of dent1
Derived Forms
dintless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow
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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.

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see: by dint of
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