- the state or quality of being fond.
- tenderness or affection.
- doting affection.
- a liking or weakness for something: He has a fondness for sweets.
- Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.
Origin of fondness
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4. predilection, partiality, preference.
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Examples from the Web for fondness
He's watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She'll be nervous about my opinion.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I have a fuzzy memory of fondness for the beach when I was young.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
That, plus the Moravian fondness for documenting everything, gives Salem its claim to the first-ever Fourth of July celebration.The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists
Linda C. Brinson
July 4, 2014
Rivera was dressed—thank heavens, given his fondness for naked selfies—in a summery tan suit.Bill O’Reilly Disses His Fellow Fox Newsers
June 19, 2014
Alexander Iolas is described as a theatrical man with a fondness for fur coats and an extraordinary eye for talent.Alexander Iolas: The Secret King of Surrealism
March 7, 2014
She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I am fonder of you than any other man I know, but it is the fondness of long friendship.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
For once, he had expressed that fondness in a primitive fashion, and he was glad.Within the Law
Sia looked steadily at the girl, and a fondness for her grew in his heart.The Chinese Fairy Book
And the Jews, when they left Egypt, looked back with fondness to these delicacies.Storyology
Word Origin and History for fondness
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