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1‘her skirt had a faint mark or two’
indistinct, vague, unclear, indefinite, ill-defined, obscure, imperceptible, hardly noticeable, hardly detectable, unobtrusive
pale, light, faded, bleached
2‘the baby gave a faint cry’
quiet, muted, muffled, stifled, subdued
feeble, weak, thin, whispered, murmured, indistinct, scarcely audible, scarcely perceptible, hard to hear, hard to make out, vague
low, soft, gentle
3‘the faint possibility of his returning’
slight, slender, slim, small, tiny, minimal, negligible, remote, distant, vague, unlikely, improbable, doubtful, dubious, far-fetched
4‘only faint praise was offered to the management team’
unenthusiastic, half-hearted, weak, feeble, low-key
5‘I suddenly felt hot and faint’
dizzy, giddy, light-headed, muzzy, weak, weak at the knees, unsteady, shaky, wobbly, off-balance, reeling
informal woozy, woolly, woolly-headed, dopey, trembly, all of a quiver
1‘he was so pale she thought he would faint’
pass out, lose consciousness, fall unconscious, black out, collapse
informal flake out, keel over, conk out, zonk out, drop, go out, go out like a light
1‘she collapsed to the floor in a dead faint’
blackout, fainting fit, loss of consciousness, collapse
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