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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
    • /ˈfeɪ ni ənt; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/
    • /fˈeɪniːns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-nee-uh nt; French fe-ney-ahn]
    • /ˈfeɪ ni ənt; French fɛ neɪˈɑ̃/

Definitions of faineance word

  • adjective faineance Also, faineant [fey-nee-uh nt] /ˈfeɪ ni ənt/ (Show IPA). idle; indolent. 1
  • noun plural faineance an idler. 1
  • noun faineance The state or quality of being faineant. 1

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Origin of faineance

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
1610-20; < French, earlier fait-nient, literally, he does nothing, pseudo-etymological alteration of Old French faignant idler, noun use of present participle of se faindre to shirk. See feign, faint

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faineance popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for faineance

noun faineance

  • sloth — habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness.
  • lethargy — the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.
  • negligence — the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect: negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.
  • apathy — You can use apathy to talk about someone's state of mind if you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about anything.
  • weariness — physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired: weary eyes; a weary brain.

Antonyms for faineance

noun faineance

  • diligence — constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.
  • industriousness — working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent: an industrious person.
  • activity — Activity is a situation in which a lot of things are happening or being done.
  • life — the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
  • liveliness — full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion.

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