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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ānmaht, an alteration (due to ān, āne ("without"; > German ohne)) of āmaht, from Old High German *āmaht, suggested by āmahtīg (powerless), from ā- (without) + maht. Compare Old High German unmaht. More at unmight.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈoːnˌmaχt/
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NounEdit

Ohnmacht f (genitive Ohnmacht, plural Ohnmachten)

  1. faint, fainting
    • 1960, Marie Luise Kaschnitz, ‘Der Strohhalm’:
      Ich habe nicht in Ohnmacht gefallen, ich habe auch nicht geweint.
      I didn't faint, nor did I cry.
  2. powerlessness, helplessness

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