Weird Word: Dint

by on Mar.01, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Dint

Noun

  • A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight. (archaic)
  • Force, power
  • A dent.

Used in a sentence:

  • The dint of his punch didn’t even put a dent in the armor but then, it didn’t have to.

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Commentary:

Dint means dent. It is a fairly old world that has obviously fallen out of use so much that it doesn’t really have a good use. Using it to mean force or power would more likely to confusion. It also doesn’t sound all that powerful, so I suppose you might use it to suggest a weak amount of power.

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