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fain (fayn) adverb
1. Willingly; gladly.
[From Middle English, from Old English faegen (glad).]
"... for Europe was where they fain all would be." Katherine Anne Porter; The Days Before; 1952.
"So the delay continued, and Martimor was both busy and happy at the Mill, for he liked and loved this damsel well, and was fain of her company." Henry Van Dyke; The Mill.
This week's theme: Anglo-Saxon words.
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