fromm

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German vrume (efficient, good, righteous), derived from an Old High German noun fruma (benefit). The vocalism -o- could readily be explained as dialectal, but is already common in Middle High German. The commonest form in early modern German was frōm. Modern fromm is a variant with suppression of open-syllable lengthening (as commonly found before -m-). Related to Dutch vroom.

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Adjective[edit]

fromm (comparative frömmer or frommer, superlative am frömmsten or frommsten)

  1. pious
  2. (archaic) righteous

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary usage, fromm tends to be read as “religiously observant” rather than “of heartfelt devotion”. It therefore may, but need not, have the negative overtone of “sanctimonious”.

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See also: Notes

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German fruma. Cognate with German fromm, Dutch vroom.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fromm (masculine frommen, feminine fromm, neuter frommt)

  1. pious, devout

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