émoi

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Etymology[edit]

Middle French esmoi, from Old French esmai (confusion, agitation caused by fear), from esmaier (to worry, scare, vex, dismay), from Vulgar Latin *exmagare (to deprive (someone) of strength, to disable), from ex- + *magare (to enable, empower), from Proto-Germanic *maginą, *maganą (might, power), from Proto-Indo-European *mēgh- (to be able). Akin to Old High German magan, megin (power, might, main), Old English mæġen (might, main), Old English magan (to be able to). More at main, may.

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Noun[edit]

émoi m (plural émois)

  1. agitation, emotion, vicissitude
  2. excitement
  3. commotion, turmoil

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