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fain

  

      adv  
1    usually with: would  
Archaic   willingly; gladly  
she would fain be dead     
      adj  
2    Obsolete  
a    willing or eager  
b    compelled  
     (Old English fægen; related to Old Norse fegiun happy, Old High German gifehan to be glad, Gothic fahehs joy; see fawn2)  
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fain

  

      adv  
1    as lief     (rare)   as soon, cheerfully, eagerly, gladly, willingly  
      adj  
2    anxious, eager, glad, well-pleased  
3    compelled, constrained, with no alternative but  

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