The faintness of chaperons would no longer imperil his comfort.
Its deplorable peculiarity was, that it was the faintness of solitude and disuse.
There was nevertheless an obstacle to the acceptance of this negation in a faintness of heart which I could not overcome.
Shaking off the last traces of faintness with a firm will, she got up.
As Wilson fell she closed her eyes, fighting a faintness that almost overcame her.
“faintness, I should say,” said the officer who knelt by him.
Helene looked at her and answered with a nod; her face was ashy white with faintness, while the other's was lit up by smiles.
The first sensation that I experienced was a deadly sickness and faintness.
Lysias obeyed, but with a faintness coming coldly upon him, but as he went there was a sad thought weighing upon his heart.
The faintness which had almost numbed her senses passed away.
c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.
"grow weak" (c.1300); "lose heart" (mid-14c.); see faint (adj.). Sense of "swoon" is c.1400. Related: Fainted; fainting.
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope. adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.