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fondness

[fond-nis] /ˈfɒnd nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being fond.
2.
tenderness or affection.
3.
doting affection.
4.
a liking or weakness for something:
He has a fondness for sweets.
5.
Archaic. complacent credulity; foolishness.
Origin of fondness
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at fond1, -ness
Related forms
self-fondness, noun
Synonyms
4. predilection, partiality, preference.
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  • She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.

  • I am fonder of you than any other man I know, but it is the fondness of long friendship.

  • For once, he had expressed that fondness in a primitive fashion, and he was glad.

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  • Sia looked steadily at the girl, and a fondness for her grew in his heart.

  • And the Jews, when they left Egypt, looked back with fondness to these delicacies.

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Word Origin and History for fondness
n.

late 14c., from fond + -ness.

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