émoi

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Etymology[edit]

Middle French esmoy, 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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