I. adjective Etymology: Middle English fagen, fayn, from Old English fægen; akin to Old English gefēon to rejoice, Old High German gifehan, Old Norse feginn happy Date: before 12th century 1. archaic happy, pleased 2. archaic inclined, desirous 3. a. willing <
he was very fain, for the young widow was “altogether fair and lovely…” — Amy Kelly
b. being obliged or constrained ; compelled <
Great Britain was fain to devote its whole energy…to the business of slaying and being slain — G. M. Trevelyan
II. adverb Date: 12th century 1. with pleasure ; gladly <
a speech of fire that fain would blaze — Michael Billington
2. a. by preference <
knew it, too, though he would fain not admit it publicly — John Lukacs
b. by desire <
I would fain consult you — W. S. Gilbert

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