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

  1. pious
  2. (archaic) righteous

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary usage, fromm tends to be read as “observant of religious customs” rather than “steeped in faith and devotion”. It therefore may, but need not, have the negative overtone of “sanctimonious”. A more unambiguously positive word would be tiefreligiös.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

fromm ‎(masculine frommen, neuter frommt, comparative méi fromm, superlative am frommsten)

  1. pious, devout

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