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frankness

[frangk-nis]
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noun
  1. plainness of speech; candor; openness.

Origin of frankness

First recorded in 1545–55; frank1 + -ness
Related formspre·frank·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • "Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "And that's a lie," Gene amended, with the frankness of a foster-brother.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Mr Dorrit could erect no—hum—suspicion of that kind on Mr Gowan's frankness.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The Abb was pleased with the idea, and with the frankness and firmness of our young hero.

  • You complimented me on my frankness, you know,' he added, laughing.


Word Origin and History for frankness

n.

1550s, from frank (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper