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swoon

To swoon is to faint, due to lack of blood to the brain. Illness, fear, stress, and even happiness can cause people to swoon.

Swoon is an old-fashioned way to say "pass out": back in the day, ladies in corsets were always swooning at the slightest stress or smallest nod from a handsome man. Although this word technically means "to faint," today it has more of a positive connotation and isn't used so literally — people say they swoon when they encounter something so wonderful it makes them dizzy with joy. Chocolate cupcakes, the perfect dress, or a stellar home run could make you swoon.

Definitions of swoon
  1. verb
    pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
    synonyms: conk, faint, pass out
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    type of:
    black out, pass out, zonk out
    lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example
  2. noun
    a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
    synonyms: deliquium, faint, syncope
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    type of:
    loss of consciousness
    the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond
  3. verb
    be overwhelmed with ecstasy, especially when encountering something or someone you admire
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    type of:
    rejoice, triumph, wallow
    be ecstatic with joy
  4. noun
    a state of elated bliss
    synonyms: ecstasy, rapture, rhapsody
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    type of:
    bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
    a state of extreme happiness
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