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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: swelt 'to die, become unconscious because of heat' (11-20 centuries), from Old English sweltan 'to die'

swelter

verb
     
swel‧ter [intransitive]
to feel extremely hot and uncomfortable:
Crowds of shoppers sweltered in the summer heat.

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