swoon

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Synonyms for swoon

to suffer temporary lack of consciousness

a temporary loss of consciousness

Synonyms for swoon

a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

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Ha, 'swounds, I should take it; for it cannot be But I am pigeon-livered and lack gall...
[anaphora; parison] Hah, 'swounds, I should take it; [interjection] A: for it cannot be but I am pigeon-liver'd, B: And lack gall to make oppression bitter, [lacking gall; antithesis; parallelism] Or ere this I should 'a' fatted all the region kites with this slave's offal [i.e., if I had gall; antithesis] B: Bloody, bawdy villain!
Their reconciliation is interrupted by the startling news that the king is dead, though this information is quickly countermanded by new information that Philip has merely "swounded thrice" (1.1.
What she means is 'I swooned at the sight' or in Elizabethan English 'swounded'.
Yet, Hamlet chooses to swear in terms of Christian images; he tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that "by my fay I cannot reason" (2.2.251), and later swears by "Sblood" (2.2.336, 3.2.334), "God's bodkin" (2.2.485), "swounds" (2.2.528, 5.1.240), and "i'faith" (3.2.82).