fondness

[fond-nis]
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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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at fond1, -ness
Related formsself-fond·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fondness
n.

late 14c., from fond + -ness.

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