Mild vs Faint - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between mild and faint

is that mild is gentle and not easily provoked while faint is lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.

As nouns the difference between mild and faint

is that mild is (british) a relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale while faint is the act of fainting.

As a verb faint is

to lose consciousness caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).

mild

English

(Webster 1913)

Adjective

(er)
  • Gentle and not easily provoked.
  • (of a rule or punishment) Of only moderate severity.
  • Not keenly felt or seriously intended.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.}}
  • (of an illness or pain) Not serious or dangerous.
  • * {{quote-book, author=Rachel Simon, year=2002
  • , passage=I learn that mental retardation is classified in four levels: mild , moderate, severe, and profound. , title= Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey}}
  • * {{quote-book, author=Janice A. Gault, year=2003
  • , passage=NPDR can be further classified as mild , moderate, severe, or very severe, which can help predict how quickly the patient may progress to proliferative (neovascular) diabetic retinopathy (PDR). , title= Ophthalmology Pearls}}
  • (of weather) Moderately warm, especially less cold than expected.
  • (of a medicine or cosmetic) Acting gently and without causing harm.
  • Not sharp, or strong in flavor.
  • Synonyms

    * soft, gentle, bland, calm, tranquil, soothing, pleasant, placid, meek, kind, tender, indulgent, clement, mollifying, lenitive, assuasive * See also

    Antonyms

    * strong * harsh, severe, irritating, violent, disagreeable

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (British) A relatively low-gravity beer, often with a dark colour; mild ale
  • * 1998 , Robert Rankin, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag (page 112)
  • 'Let me get this for the lady,' I said to Fange, who was pulling her a pint of mild .
  • * 2011 , Pete Brown, Three Sheets to the Wind
  • But Stella shouldn't really be drunk in pints the same way our dads used to drink bitter or mild that was effectively half as strong.

    Derived terms

    * mild and bitter

    faint

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  • Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
  • "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
  • Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  • Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
  • * Sir J. Davies
  • the faint prosecution of the war
  • * 2005 , .
  • do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?

    Derived terms

    * damn with faint praise

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of fainting.
  • (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
  • * Bible, Mark viii. 8
  • If I send them away fasting they will faint by the way.
  • * Guardian
  • Hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away.
  • To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxiv. 10
  • If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  • To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.

    Synonyms

    * pass out * queal * swoon

    Anagrams

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